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Aug 29 2017

Health Blog: OIG Work Plan Moves from Annual to Monthly Updates

The health care industry is familiar with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (the "OIG") annual Work Plan as a helpful compliance tool. While we are familiar with the annual release identifying the OIG's new and ongoing investigative, enforcement, and compliance activities during the upcoming fiscal year, the Work Plan is getting a refresh under the current administration. Effective June 15, 2017, the OIG has begun updating its Work Plan monthly. These monthly updates may be used by compliance departments to review and update policies and procedures monthly based on the OIG's areas of interest.

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Jul 10 2017

NotPetya Malware Attack Strikes Vendor Providing Voice Transcription Service for Health Care Providers

On June 27, 2017, Nuance Communications (“Nuance”), a Massachusetts-based company providing voice transcription services to many health care providers, including some Wisconsin health care providers, was hit by NotPetya malware.

NotPetya is named after the Petya ransomware that it impersonates but, instead of requiring payment to restore data as Petya did, NotPetya destroys all data and causes permanent damage to a computer’s hard drive.

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Jul 06 2017

Changes to the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

This spring, Wisconsin Governor Walker approved changes to the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (“PDMP”). The PDMP is a statewide electronic database which collects designated data on controlled substances dispensed in the state.  The PDMP is accessible by certain healthcare professionals to monitor a patient’s use of controlled substances and to inform treatment decisions.  Wisconsin has had a PDMP since June 2013.

The new 2017 rules went into effect in April 2017 and make several changes to the PDMP.  This post will discuss three significant changes to Wisconsin’s PDMP, although the new rules include several more.

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