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New Features

* New Entity Folder View from the Dashboard
* Consolidated Daily Reporting
* New Internal Mailbox
* New Exams (with ability for reviewer notation and scoring)

TX Mediation Language Required on Medical Accounts Incurred in 2018 and Beyond
Starting September 1, 2017, servicers of medical accounts in Texas will be required to provide notice to consumers that certain accounts are eligible for mediation. Implementation deadline: September 1, 2017, but this disclosure requirement only applies to accounts incurred on or after January 1, 2018.

What Can Healthcare Providers Learn from a Student Loan TCPA Case?

Seventh Circuit emphasizes Vendor Management

Seventh Circuit, in Janetos v. Fulton Friedman & Gullace, LLP (United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Case No. 12-1473) found that a debt collector could not escape liability for a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by its law firm’s unlawful debt collection practices.

"A debt collector should not be able to avoid liability for unlawful debt collection practices simply by contracting with another company to do what the law does not allow it to do directly … [W]e think it is fair and consistent with the Act to require a debt collector who is independently obliged to comply with the Act to monitor the actions of those it enlists to collect debts on its behalf."

New Feature

User Administration has changed. The new User Administration offers detailed explanations of each user group and setting and is laid out in a new "Wizard" format. The page also shows details on that User's access rights upon entering and offers a "View Dashboard" options so that the administrator may ensure the settings have been set correctly.

Previously there was an "Edit Group Access" option to set up File and Folder groups. This is all streamlined and done directly from the new User Administration.

End of IE Support

Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical supports and security updates. Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Internet Explorer, and will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Internet Explorer 11 offers improved security, increased performance, better backward compatibility, and support for the web standards that power today’s websites and services. Microsoft encourages customers to upgrade and stay up-to-date on the latest browser for a faster, more secure browsing experience.

HHS Launches Phase II of HIPAA Audit Program
HHS’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has launched Phase II of its HIPAA Audit Program. In Phase II, OCR says it will review the policies and procedures adopted and employed by covered entities and their Business Associates to meet certain standards and implementation specifications of the HIPAA rules. Together with Phase I (launched back in 2011), the audit program is meant to help HHS assess compliance with the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules.

The CMS Services Portal is able to handle the management of both your internal and Business Associates' HIPAA processes. Call us for additional information.

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New Features

1. Pop-out Calendar allows users to navigate the site while the calendar stays open.

2. Daily Notification Group allows administrators to set whichever users will receive the 3pm notification email. They may also opt out of receiving the email themselves.

3. Set Homepage allows users to set which page they will land on when logging in either by double-clicking the CMS Services Logo in the top left or by clicking the link in the bottom right corner of the page.

New Feature

"Folder Level" security allows the administrator to choose what Categories or Directories a user may see and edit; accessible through the Group Access and User Administration pages.

Irwin Bernstein will be attending the 2016 DBA Annual Convention. Contact us to set up a meeting