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Federal agencies issue proposed ACO regulations

USA - March 31 2011 The federal government today issued a series of proposed regulations and guidance documents related to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) created by PPACA.

Loss of PHI on public transportation costs Massachusetts General $1 million

USA - February 28 2011 In another show of force in HIPAA enforcement, the federal Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services (OCR) announced a $1 million settlement with the General Hospital Corporation and Massachusetts General Physician Organization (MGH) related to an alleged HIPAA violation.

CDC awards grant for laboratory interoperability cooperative

USA - February 23 2011 In furtherance of the government's objective to foster interoperability in health records, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a grant of nearly $5 million to fund a joint project involving the American Hospital Association, the College of American Pathology, and Surescripts.

CMS imposes $4.3 million penalty for HIPAA violations

USA - February 23 2011 For the first time, the federal government has imposed a civil money penalty (CMP) on a covered entity for a violation of the HIPAA privacy rule.

Over 100 defendants charged in massive national fraud sweep

USA - February 17 2011 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Feb. 17, 2011 that the federal government made what he termed the "largest federal health care fraud takedown in our nation's history."