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Looks like the Trump administration is going full speed ahead with Office of Civil Rights (OCR) prosecution of HIPAA breaches as yet another provider gets dinged with a multimillion-dollar settlement.

The Trump administration has postponed the debut of four new payment models that appear to conflict with the health care philosophy of new HHS Secretary Tom Price.

In the regulatory update in our March 13 issue of Part B News, Ann Marie Edwards, CEO of Alliance Cancer Specialists PC in Philadelphia, talks about the hardship the Obamacare “grace period” puts on her practice and how she hopes the Republican repeal-and-replace bill, the American Health Care Act, will solve it. To follow are some of her further thoughts on that bill.

Be on the lookout, fraudsters: The federal governent is bearing down hard on misappropriated Medicare funds. A new report shows that the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC), combining efforts of HHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ), returned $1.7 billion to the Medicare Trust Fund in 2016.
The deadline for Medicare providers to make their last attestation for meaningful use before the program goes away has been moved back from Feb. 28 to March 13 at 11:59 pm Pacific time, or 3:00 am March 14 Eastern time.


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