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On the heels of two similar settlements, a Baltimore health system has settled a case for $122,928 in which it was accused of getting the doctors whose practice it had acquired to bill established patients as if they were new, inflating their charges.

You'd think if there were anyone whose health information should be protected, it would be people with HIV. Yet Aetna admits to exposing data indicative of both the HIV status and risk of thousands of its beneficiaries with a poorly designed envelope.

After weeks of secret meetings, Senate Republicans have released a ‘discussion draft’ of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and hope to rush the sweeping legislation to a Senate floor vote before the July 4 recess.
More small practices can quality for exclusions from the Quality Payment Program (QPP), claim hardship exceptions from electronic health record (EHR) requirements or earn automatic bonus points if the proposed QPP rule released June 20 is finalized.
In the regulatory update of the June 5, 2017, issue, Part B News talked to a legal expert about the medical liability reforms proposed in the Trump HHS budget. To follow are some more of his thoughts on those reforms.

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