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As I write my November column over Veterans’ Day weekend, I am reminded of the multiple challenges confronting our service men and women. Not only must they overcome obstacles on the battlefield, but many continue to experience ongoing hurtles once they return home.
The sheer volume of transactions that implicate the federal healthcare laws is staggering. Couple that with the fact that healthcare law requires remuneration in those transactions to be consistent with “fair market value” (or “FMV”), it gives rise to the logistical problem of how to accurately and consistently determine FMV for so many transactions.
Healthcare providers and organizations should be mindful of the processes and procedures used when interacting with electronic health record (“EHR”) systems. Given the exponential expansion of EHR systems, the federal government has started to take action to curb abuses.
Federally qualified health centers (“FQHCs”) are a key player in healthcare reform and may become formidable competitors of private practice physicians and groups.
On October 21, 2013, Alhambra, California-based AHMC Healthcare Inc. reported the theft of two unencrypted laptops containing the protected health information (“PHI”) of approximately 729,000 patients. Reports of stolen laptops and other mobile devices containing PHI are not uncommon in recent years.