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As part of an effort entitled the Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care, CMS and OIG released advance copies of proposed regulatory changes on Oct. 9. The proposed rules would modify regulations that have presented obstacles to physicians, hospitals and other providers as they transition away from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) payment models toward value-based arrangements.
 
On December 28 HHS released suggested measures to protect health care businesses from cyberattacks on their EHRs and protected health information. Included among threats they say practices should watch for: Ransomware, which has become a common hacking exploit in health care.

The new final rule on short-term, limited-duration (STLD) plans covered in our Aug. 13 issue has drawn praise from Republicans, their supporters and people who sell STLD insurance; everyone else's opinion ranges from diffident to hostile.

What's worse than one False Claims Act settlement? How about two False Claim Act settlements?
Expect no mercy when you have a written policy for encryption, then suffer a breach because you fail to follow it.

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