Unanticipated situations like the COVID-19 crisis present significant revenue challenges for healthcare providers. The path forward can be ...
Rachel Haczewski | July 10, 2019
(4 min read) Got room in your budget to pay off a $750,000 settlement simply for not having an up-to-date Business Associate Agreement (BAA) in place with a vendor? Probably not! If any of your subcontractors create, receive, maintain, or transmit Protected Health Information (PHI) on your behalf, it is very likely that you need a BAA with that vendor. Not only might a BAA required by the HIPAA Rules but it can also protect your organization in the event of a major breach of PHI. Here are 10 tips to stay compliant and avoid costly fines and settlements:
Since many of us do not have the luxury of a bottomless budget, avoid unnecessary fines by taking some simple steps to protect your organization. BAAs are an easy place to start bolstering your defenses against preventable and pricey penalties.
Rachel Haczewski is a Compliance Officer and the Corporate Project Manager at Golden Hour and emsCharts. She has worked in the Air Medical Transport industry for 18 years in the areas of billing, finance, contracting, and compliance. She is certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC), Health Information Technology (HIT), Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC), Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC), Ambulance Coding (CAC), Ambulance Compliance Officer (CACO), and Ambulance Documentation Specialist (CADS). She has a BA degree in Business with an emphasis in High Technology Management. Rachel has also been a co-speaker at the Air Medical Transport Conference presenting on the topic of documentation and medical necessity in the transport industry.
By Ray de la Pena
(3 min read) Using your software tools to maximize billing efforts during these difficult times may not be top of mind right now, but I ...