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Statewide Electronic Health Records Systems Assistance to Individual and Small Group Primary Care Practices and Others Medically Underserved Populations

Virginia’s Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (HITREC) is seeking primary care practices interested in receiving assistance in procuring electronic health records systems (EHR) as part of its federal grant application for Ameri… Read More
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September 2009 Findings on Hospice Claims in Nursing Facilities Meeting Medicare Coverage Requirements and Changes That Could Be On the Way

Background The hospice benefit allows a Medicare beneficiary with a terminal illness to forgo curative treatment for the illness and instead receive palliative care.[1] The number of Medicare beneficiaries receiving hospice care has risen dramaticall… Read More
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FTC Red Flag Rules: Enforcement of Mandated Identity Theft Programs Delayed Until August 1, 2009

FTC Announces Delay.  On April 30, 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) delayed enforcement of the new “Red Flag Rule” until August 1, 2009 to provide covered entities (including most doctors and other providers as well as creditors an… Read More
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CMS Issues Scam Alert – Fake Medicare Faxes Sent to Providers

 On June 18, 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Scam Alert warning of a new scam targeting Medicare providers.  CMS identified a new scam where perpetrators send faxes to physician offices posing as the Medicare ca… Read More
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Amendments to State Medical Facilities Plan – Effective February 15, 2009 Radiation Therapy Services

On February 15, 2009, a comprehensive revision of the Virginia Department of Health’s State Medical Facilities Plan (“SMFP”) became effective. Some of the changes in these regulations may affect your plans for radiation therapy services. The re… Read More
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Amendments to State Medical Facilities Plan – Effective February 15, 2009 Nursing Facilities and Long Term Care Providers

On February 15, 2009, a comprehensive revision of the Virginia Department of Health’s State Medical Facilities Plan (“SMFP”) became effective. The official amendments only minimally altered the proposed revisions we alerted you to last year. Th… Read More
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Amendments to State Medical Facilities Plan – Effective February 15, 2009 Inpatient Bed Requirements

On February 15, 2009, a comprehensive revision of the Virginia Department of Health’s State Medical Facilities Plan (“SMFP”) became effective. Some of the changes in these regulations may affect your plans for adding inpatient beds. Changes fro… Read More
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Amendments to State Medical Facilities Plan – Effective February 15, 2009 General Surgical Services

On February 15, 2009, a comprehensive revision of the Virginia Department of Health’s State Medical Facilities Plan (“SMFP”) became effective. Some of the changes in these regulations may affect your plans for adding and/or expanding operating… Read More
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Amendments to State Medical Facilities Plan – Effective February 15, 2009 Diagnostic Imaging Services

On February 15, 2009, a comprehensive revision of the Virginia Department of Health’s State Medical Facilities Plan (“SMFP”) became effective. Some of the changes in these regulations may affect your plans for imaging services. Changes from ear… Read More
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Modification of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Business Associate Agreement Requirements by 2009 Stimulus Package

The recent Federal Stimulus Bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. 111-5 (“Stimulus Package”) included many substantive changes for healthcare providers. One such change is to the agreements such providers maintain with… Read More
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