Compliance Alerts

HHSC’s Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer periodically issues Compliance Alerts that inform employees, staff, and Board Members about new compliance concerns/issues and/or answers compliance questions that have arisen.

These alerts can provide ongoing education and reference and are one way that HHSC provides continuing education.

2013  –  2012  –  2011  –  2010

2013 Alerts Date
13-1 – CMS Announces Discretion wtih Claim Rules 01/03/13
13-2 – CMS Seeks Comments on Quailty Data Reporting with EHR 01/08/13
13-3 – Building a Better Password 01/09/13
13-4 – Best Practice for Faxing 01/24/13
13-5 – HIPAA Reminder – Disclosure to Sources for Dangerous Patient 01/24/13
13-6 – HIPAA Reminder – Breach Notification 01/30/13
13-7 – Phishing Attempts are Often Live 01/31/13
13-8 – CMS Proposes Rule on Hospital Regulations 02/05/13
13-9 – HHS Issues Final HIPAA – HITECH Rule on Breach Notifications 02/05/13
13-10 – Limited English Proficiency Patients and Readmission Rates 02/14/13
13-11 – Addressing Potential HIPAA Violations 03/11/13
13-12 – CMS Issues Ruling on Part B Billing Following Part A Denials 03/27/13
13-13 – HIPAA and Death Notification 04/22/13
13-14 – SNFs to be Penalized for Readmissions 04/23/13
13-15 – OIG Issues New Self-Disclosure Protocol 04/23/13
13-16 – REMINDER – New HIPAA Rule in Effect 04/26/13
13-17 – OCR Launches Compliance with Language Access Requirements 05/28/13
13-18 – CMS Implements Sunshine Act for Payments to Physicians 07/05/13
13-19 – OIG Says Most CAHs Would Not Meet Criteria 08/26/13
13-20 – Healthcare Hamonization Act 09/12/13
13-21 – Fair Treatment Law 09/18/13
13-22 – Implementation of the Two-Midnight Rule 09/30/13
13-23 – CMS Changes E-M Coding in OPPS Rule for 2014 12/06/13
13-24 – Use of ZIX for Encryption 12/06/13
13-25 – Holiday Gift Guidelines 12/06/13

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2012 Alerts Date
12-01 – CMS Delays Physician Supervision Requirements for CAHs in CY12 01/09/12
12-02 – CMS Solicits Input on EMTALA Rule Change 01/12/12
12-03 – CMS Anounces Medicaid Core Set of Quality Measures 01/12/12
12-04 – Medical Director Timesheets 01/18/12
12-05 – HIPAA Update – Guidelines for Employee to Employee Disclosures 01/18/12
12-06 – ICD-10 Coding Begins 02/01/12
12-07 – How ICD-10 Affects HHSC 01/31/12
12-08 – Charity Care Promotion 02/08/12
12-09 – ICD-10 Date May Shift 02/14/12
12-10 – CMS Credit Balance Rule – 60 Day Repayment 02/24/12
12-11 – HIPAA Compliant Statement for Physician 03/30/12
12-12 – ICD-10 Implementation and Health Plan ID System 04/09/12
12-13 – Gift Guidelines for Employees  04/18/12
12-14 – CMS Changes Supervision Requrements for 27 Services 04/28/12
12-15 – Revalidation of Provider Enrollment 05/14/12
12-16 – CMS Elimiinates Several Burdensome Regulations 05/15/12
12-17 – HHSC Board Compliance Documents 06/25/12
12-18 – CMS Sets ICD-10 Implementation 08/24/12
12-19 – CMS Sets Preliminary Decision on Supervision Requirements 09/27/12
12-20 – OIG Work Plan FY 2013 10/04/12
12-21 – Encrypt Texts and Emails 10/24/12
12-22 – Holiday Gift Guidelines 11/28/12

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2011 Alerts Date
11-01 – New Non-Monetary Limits 01/13/11
11-02 – Proposed Rule on Quality Notficiation by CMS 02/02/11
11-03 – CMS Announces Medicaid RAC Delay and New Website 02/23/11
11-04 – CMS Considers Withdrawing Rules on Lab Signatures 02/28/11
11-05 – PFA Alert for Volunteer Physician Activities or Other Physician Expenses 03/07/11
11-06 – CMS Issues Final Rule for New Provider Screening 03/30/11
11-07 – FMV Document for Physician Benefits 05/04/11
11-08 – OIG Authority to Exclude from Criminal Prosection 05/11/11
11-09 – OCR Proposes New HIPAA HITECH Access Rule 05/27/11
11-10 – Update in Elder Justice Act 06/26/11
11-11 – Provider Update in CAH EDs 06/26/11
11-12 – New ABN Form 06/27/11
11-13 – Residency and Affiliation Agreements 06/29/11
11-14 – HHSC Compliance Log 06/30/11
11-15 – Medicare Recertfication Effort by CMS  08/30/11
11-16 – Is a FMV Necessary 09/01/11
11-17 – Proposed Rule Patient Access to LAB Results – HIPAA 09/12/11
11-18 – CMS Rule – State RAC Programs for Medicaid Required 09/15/11
11-19 – CMS Issues Guidance on Visitation Rights 09/16/11
11-20 – OIG Audits and Place of Service Coding 09/26/11
11-21 – RAC Update 09/29/11
11-22 – OIG Work Plan FY 2012 10/06/11
 11-23 – Use of Medical Staff Funds 10/17/11
11-24 – HIPAA Violation Guidelines 10/17/11
11-25 – CMS Proposed Rule for CoP Changes 10/19/11
11-26 – Physician Incidental and Non-Monetary Compensation 10/24/11
11-27 – CMS Announces Delay in 5010 Enforcement 11/21/11
11-28 – CMS to Cover Alcohol Screening and Treatment 11/29/11
11-29 – Holiday Gift Guidelines 11/30/11
11-30 – RAC Demand Letter Updates 12/14/11

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2010 Alerts Date
 10-01 – Voluntary Disclosure Protocol 01/12/10
10-02 – Stark Changes Effective 01/15/10
10-03 – HITECH Implementation 01/25/10
10-04 – Changes in Signature Requirements  01/25/10
10-05 – Stark Exception for Requiring Referrals by Physicians  01/25/10
10-06 – Direct Supervision Rule Changes 01/25/10
10-07 – Pharmaceutical Payments 01/28/10
10-08 – OIG Work Plan – Hospitals 02/01/10
10-09 – Grassley Bill 02/01/10
10-10 – OIG Work Plan 2010 02/02/10
10-11 – HITECH Breach Notification 02/02/10
10-12 – HIPAA Changes 02/03/10
10-13 – Credit Balance 02/08/10
10-14 – EHR Implementation 02/08/10
10-15 – OCR Posting of Data Breaches 2009 02/24/10
10-16 – OCR Billing of Co-Pays When Not a CMS Serivce 03/01/10
10-17 – Levinson Comments Before Congress 03/04/10
10-18 – New Billing for Non-Covered Procedures 03/08/10
10-19 – Direct Supervision Update 03/09/10
10-20 – Proposed Changes to Sentencing Guidelines 03/18/10
10-21 – Census 04/07/10
10-22 – Healthcare Reform Provides Amendments to Timely Filing Requirements for Medicare Claims 04/12/10
10-23 – DEA Interim Rule Allows E-Prescribing for Controlled Substances 04/13/10
10-24 – Stark Change in In-Office Exception 04/20/10
10-25 – NPI Interim Rule 05/04/10
10-26 – 60-Day Repayment Deadline 05/05/10
10-27 – OIG Advisory 10-04 – Free Insurance Pre-Authorization Services 05/07/10
10-28 – Amendments to USSC Sentencing Guidelines 05/11/10
10-29 – HHS Announces New Tools for Fraud Abuse 05/14/10
10-30 – Signature Requirements on Medicare Claims 05/14/10
10-31 – Credit Balance Repayment and Review Timelines 05/17/10
10-32 – Red Flags Rule Delayed Until 12-31-10 05/28/10
10-33 – Morris Testifies to Congress 06/15/10
10-34 – EJA in PPACA and Reporting Requirements 07/08/10
10-35 – EHR Implementation Final Rules 07/14/10
10-36 – Direct Supervision Revision in OPPS Proposed Rule for 2011 07/15/10
10-37 – OIG Study Assesses Language Access Services 07/16/10
10-38 – HIPAA REMINDER – Sealing Envelopes 08/06/10
10-39 – Compliance Requirements for Volunteers, Students,and Residents 08/13/10
10-40 – Campaign Restrictions for State Employees 08/17/10
10-41 – CMS Issues Medicaid Coding Guidance 09/02/10
10-42 – CMS Issues Payment Window Implementation 09/14/10
10-43 – CMS Revises Stark Exception for Rental of Office Space 09/16/10
10-44 – Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocal Issued by CMS 09/23/10
10-45 – OIG Work Plan FY 2011 10/01/10
10-46 – CMS Solicits Comments on Compliance Program 10/21/10
10-47 – CMS Revises MIC Process 10/25/10
10-48 – CMS Issues Final Rule on Physician Supervision and Critical Care Requirements 11/03/10
10-49 – Proposed Rule for Medicaid RAC 11/08/10
10-50 – CMS Issues Final Rule for Hospital Visitation 11/17/10
10-51 – Updates in EJA 12/03/10
10-52 – CMS Exemption for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging 12/20/10
10-53 – CMS Delays Physician Signature Req for Lab Reqs 12/21/10
10-54 – Red Flags Clarification Act – Exempts Physicians 12/22/10

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