Anesthesia compliance and privacy practice

Compliance Updates

Anesthesia Compliance Consultants is happy to offer our colleagues a collection of vital information in the field of compliance and privacy that could affect you practice.

Anesthesia Compliance Consultants have been at the forefront of anesthesia compliance for two decades and have served numerous organizations with their compliance needs. We monitor the ever-changing field of compliance and privacy and offer you a library of memos we have sent to our clients. We trust they will be of interest to you as you try to stay informed.

Table of Contents:


The Anti-Kickback Statute

The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits the knowing and willful payment or “remuneration” to induce or obtain referrals or generation of business.

Authorization and the HIPAA Rule

An authorization for the use of PHI is often required but not when it is used for treatment, payment or healthcare operation purposes.

Breaches of PHI

Breaches of PHI are a serious matter in today’s healthcare environment. They may be paper, electronic or verbal and must be taken seriously.

Billing and Documentation

Anesthesia billing and documentation is a key feature of any anesthesia program and must be understood to prevent fraud, waste and abuse.

Billing for Medical Direction

It is important for all anesthesia organizations to understand the key concepts of Biling for Medical Direction to remain compliant with Medicare.

Encryption of ePHI as a Safeguard

Encryption of ePHI as a Safeguard may be an appropriate tool for protection as required by the HIPAA Security Rule. A risk assesment may help.

The Exclusion Statute

Anesthesia providers must be familiar with the Exclusion Statute when looking for new providers for their practice. Those excluded may not bill Medicare.

False Claims Act & Anesthesia

The Federal False Claims Act and anesthesia is a topic worth considering It allows private citizens to bring civil actions on behalf of the United States.

Filing a HIPAA Privacy Complaint

Every organization must have in place procedure for filing a privacy complaint that is well understood and available for all employees.

Fraud, Waste and Abuse

The Fraud, Waste and Abuse program has become a major program for the Office of Inspector General that all healthcare providers must know.

False Claims Act and Opioids

The False Claims Act and opioids has become a major topic today as the government begins to deal with the opioid epidemic.

HIPAA Gap Analysis or Risk Analysis?

Knowing the difference between a HIPAA Gap Analysis and a HIPAA Risk Analysis is important for an organization to be able to stay abreast of HIPAA.

New HIPAA Penalties from HHS

New HIPAA Penalties from HHS are available after publication of a notice on April 30th presenting direction on a new penalty structure.

Permitted Uses and Disclosures of PHI

There are permitted uses and disclosure for PHI for a covered entity or business associate for treatment, payment and health care operations.

Permitted Uses and Disclosures of PHI

There are permitted uses and disclosure for PHI for a covered entity or business associate for treatment, payment and health care operations.

Reasonable Safeguards for Anesthesia Providers

Reasonable Safeguards for anesthesia are those precaution to protect PHI, verbal, paper or electronic from inappropriate disclosure.

Technical Safeguards Protect PHI

Technical Safeguards protect PHI and complete a compliance plan. The Security Rule indicates technical safeguards are important due to technology.

Sensitive PHI and PHI

It is important to know of sensitive PHI and HIPAA. There are many forms of protected health information that require special precautions.

Texting PHI Safely

It is important for all anesthesia organizations to understand the key concepts of Biling for Medical Direction to remain compliant with Medicare.

Using Cybersecurity to Protect PHI

Using cybersecutiy to protect PHI is a key feature used to satisfy the HIPAA rule. All organizations who must safeguard ePHI in their possession.