MHA Today | March 12, 2018

March 12, 2018
MHA Today: News for Healthcare Leaders

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March 12, 2018

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What You Need To Know This Week

  • Look for an invitation to a member call-in on the state’s multi-agency opioid prescribing initiative.

Health Law Insight

Patient Transport By Uber And Lyft Raise Compliance Concerns

Staff Contact: Jane Drummond

Health care providers partnering with Uber or Lyft to transport patients to and from medical appointments should be aware of privacy and anti-kickback laws implicated by the service. Both transportation providers recently launched initiatives through which providers can schedule rides for their patients. While such services can help ensure fewer missed appointments, they must be done in a legally compliant manner. For example, offers to provide free or discounted transportation to certain patients could violate the Anti-Kickback Statute. Additionally, since drivers will have access to individually identifiable and/or protected health information, providers must have appropriate business associate agreements in place to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Providers interested in using either service should consult legal counsel to ensure compliance.

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Consider This ...

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Investments in reducing patient safety incidents can lead to significant financial savings, not to mention better patient outcomes. In the U.S. alone, focused safety improvements led to an estimated $28 billion in savings in Medicare hospitals between 2010 and 2015.

Source: World Health Organization