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  • Attorneys Present Legal Issues at Healthcare Workshop

    September 8, 2017
    The Arkansas Health Information Management Association hosted a half-day workshop focused on legal issues in the industry. Attorneys Lynda Johnsonand Tonya Gierke presented at the event. Topics discussed included an overview of legal health records, responding to subpoenas, the retention and destruction of health records, HIPAA security rule and audits and amendments to electronic health records.
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  • News Alert: Beware the ZPIC Audit

    July 24, 2017
    While the Federal Government has many contracted auditors to assist in identifying overpayments to health care providers, by far the most dangerous of these auditors, from the health care provider’s perspective, is the ZPIC. 
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  • New Criteria For Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Services

    July 5, 2017
    New reporting requirements for healthcare providers are scheduled to go into effect in January 2018 as a result of the mandate in Section 218(b) of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). PAMA requires CMS to establish a program to promote ordering physicians to consult “appropriate use criteria” (AUC) prior to ordering advanced diagnostic imaging tests for Medicare beneficiaries.
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  • Healthcare Compliance Update

    June 22, 2017
    Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently posted new compliance guidance to assist healthcare entities of all types and sizes of measuring the effectiveness of their compliance programs. The publication, “Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness: A Resource Guide” was the collaborative result the Health Care Compliance Association and the OIG.
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  • Legal Hot Topic: Healthcare

    June 12, 2017
    Hospitals and clinics often produce a patient’s medical record multiple times and all copies are not the same; that creates problems in litigation.
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  • 2017 Arkansas Legislative Update on Healthcare Acts

    June 8, 2017
    Earlier this year, 91st General Assembly of the Arkansas State Legislature held a legislative session during which various acts were passed that are applicable to medical care and treatment. These acts include the Palliative Care Act, Wrongful Birth Civil Liability Protection Act, Patient Right-To-Know Act, POLST, Peer Review Fairness Act and the Telemedicine Act.
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  • Attorneys Participate in Health Care Panel Discussion

    January 13, 2017
    Attorneys Lynda M. Johnson and Timothy C. Ezell participated in The Arkansas Health Executives Forum on Thursday, Jan. 12 at Heifer International in Little Rock.
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