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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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Jun 21 2017

The OIG Estimates Hundreds of Millions in EHR Incentive Overpayments

Between May 2011 and June 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made approximately $6 billion in incentive payments to promote the use of electronic health record (EHR) technology.  But a recent review by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (the OIG) estimates that $729 million of these incentive payments were made to providers who did not comply with the mandated program requirements and recommends that CMS attempt to recoup those incorrect payments.

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