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HIPAA Biannual Update

Since ASCA’s last update in January, healthcare organizations across the country posted 344 breaches of protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. This is the highest number of breaches reported in a six-month span in the past three years.

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HHS Releases Surprise Medical Billing Interim Final Rules

The US Departments of Health & Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury, and the Office of Personnel Management issued “Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I" on July 1, 2021. The deadline to comment on this interim final rule (IFR) is September 7, 2021.

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Joint Commission Revises Sentinel Event Definition, Policy

The Joint Commission’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety (OQPS) revised its definition of a sentinel event and clarified some of the event-specific examples in the Sentinel Event Policy, according to a July 21 release.

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Business News

Provation Acquires iProcedures LLC

Provation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, acquired iProcedures LLC, of Tampa, Florida, according to a May 4 release. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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