Archive for September, 2014

HIPAA Deadline: Update Business Associate Agreements

Business associate agreements that have not already been updated as required by the HIPAA Omnibus Rule should be updated by September 22, 2014.

The Omnibus Rule changed and added mandatory language for  business associate contracts. The compliance date for the HIPAA Omnibus Rule had been September 23, 2013. Recognizing the burden on the industry in amending or entering into new business associate agreements, the Department of Health and Human Services permitted an additional year to update certain business associate agreements.

Immediate Action Needed To Avoid Automatic Medicare Payment Reductions

The deadline for groups to register to participate in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) is September 30, 2014, 11:59 p.m. ET. Groups with 10 or more eligible professionals can avoid the automatic negative two percent (-2.0%) Value Modifier payment adjustment in CY 2016 by participating in the PQRS GPRO in CY 2014 and meeting the satisfactory reporting criteria to avoid the CY 2016 PQRS payment adjustment.