Best Practices

OIG Issues Fraud Alert Targeting Pharma Speaker Programs

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) earlier this month issued a fraud alert targeting speaker programs hosted by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. The watchdog agency’s alert points to fraud and abuse risks associated with the payment, solicitation or receipt of renumeration relating to these programs. These programs pay healthcare...

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Building a Better Normal: Two Prominent MDs Forecast the Post-Pandemic World

The University of Miami presented its ninth annual Business of Healthcare conference virtually on Friday, October 30. This program is produced annually by the Miami Herbert Business School Center for Health Management and Policy. The business school is renowned for its Health Executive MBA, the highest ranked (by U.S. News & World Report), longest running health executive MBA in the region....

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Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth – even though demand is way up due to COVID-19

Private insurers saw telehealth claims increase over 4,000% from 2019 to 2020. Solskin/DigitalVision via Getty Images   In less than a year, telehealth has gone from a niche rarity to a common practice. Its ability to ensure physical distance, preserve personal protective equipment and prevent the spread of infection among health care workers and patients has been invaluable during the...

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The Importance of Multi-factor Authentication in Your Practice

According to Coalition, the leading cyber insurance company for small and midsize businesses, approximately 36% of claims reported by their policyholders occurred due to a business email compromise. These claims resulted in a range of losses, from ransomware, social engineering, and funds-transfer fraud to regulatory penalties and data-restoration costs, among others. Each incident resulted in...

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Seeking a better test for Alzheimer’s

By the time a person starts exhibiting the memory problems and other symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, a catastrophic cascade of cellular events has been playing out inside their brain for years or even decades. Misfolded proteins and fragments of protein have been ever so slowly clumping together, forming microscopic plaques and tangles that interfere with the function of neurons. Eventually,...

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Home Health Acquisitions On the Run

Home health agencies everywhere have become the favorite targeted acquisitions of “the financial world.” Apparently, there is one seminar that every buyer attended convincing buyers or all kinds (buyers with money, buyers without money, buyers in the private equity space) that: HHAs are ripe for aggregation because the industry is disaggregated; and HHA owners lack business sophistication...

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