8 Things to Keep in Mind Regarding Patient Care and Compliance

Views:
 
Category: Others/ Misc
     
 

Presentation Description

Identity theft in healthcare is real. Medical identity theft is when a person uses someone other’s name and medical insurance information in order to receive medical prescriptions and treatment. It may also happen within a healthcare organization when dishonest healthcare providers take or sell confidential information of the patients. Such medical identity theft attracts Medicaid investigations.

Comments

Presentation Transcript

Slide1:

8 Things to Keep in Mind Regarding Patient Care and Compliance

Slide2:

Non-compliance can attract Medicaid investigations and hefty fines. Here are a few things that patients and healthcare providers must keep in mind with regards to compliance and proper maintenance & disposal of the patient information: Identity theft in healthcare is real . Medical identity theft is when a person uses someone other’s name and medical insurance information in order to receive medical prescriptions and treatment. It may also happen within a healthcare organization when dishonest healthcare providers take or sell confidential information of the patients. Such medical identity theft attracts  Medicaid investigations .

Slide3:

Identity theft in healthcare is often a part of larger scheme of identity theft. Since so many of the private forms are now automated, it takes very little to assume some person’s medical identity. In someone’s medical file, there is a lot more than just health and insurance information, it has addresses, social security number as well as banking information. HIPAA violations come with mandatory fines. If a healthcare organization or provider fails to properly destroy any patient’s information prior to discarding it, there can be fines they’d have to pay, that may range anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000, if that error isn’t rectified within a certain period of time. So, providers need to be aware of  business and corporate law .

Slide4:

In the year 2010, limits on penalty were raised 600% for improper disposal of a patient information.  When HITECH was implemented, the limit for penalty in case of willful neglect was raised from $25,000 to $1,500,000. When it comes to patient record retention, there are different set of rules.  Any individual healthcare provider or hospital needs to keep the patient files for at least seven years after the patient last visited, before they can destroy it. After a patient is discharged, healthcare providers need to keep the file for at least 25 years. If they digitize or microfilm the information, the file can be destroyed sooner.

Slide5:

Healthcare providers need to produce medical records of a patient when asked, even if the patient hasn’t been able to pay for the healthcare services they have received. As per law, even when the payment is outstanding for the serviced rendered by the medical providers, they have to mail patient’s medical records within 30 days. There are different laws in each state regarding the amount that can be charged by medical providers for supplying the copies of patient’s medical records. However, the charges applicable vary according to whether the records are being provided by a hospital or an individual healthcare provider.

Slide6:

Thank You & visit us @ https://frontierhealthlaw.com

authorStream Live Help