In This Issue

OIG Includes Hospices in Its 2010 Work Plan
In late October 2009, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Work Plan for the 2010 fiscal year. Not surprisingly, hospice continues to be an area of focus for the OIG in 2010.

Audits and Breaches and Fines, Oh My! — Part I: It’s time to make sure your HIPAA privacy and security compliance program has a heart
Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you needed to take care of something, but you just didn’t have time so you let it go, probably for too long? I usually feel that way about two things: exercise and yard work. Some HIPAA-covered entities feel that way about compliance with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules.

Social Media: A Blessing or a Curse for Providers?
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube…use of social media is growing by leaps and bounds. You can’t go a day without hearing about social media, whether it’s on the television or in a magazine or you are actively using social media.

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