The HHS Office for Civil Rights, now reviewing the results of its pilot HIPAA compliance audit program, is planning a more streamlined audit process but an expanded pool of organizations audited in the permanent program, says OCR Director Leon...
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Eliminate costs and hassles that don’t contribute to or add value to patient care
The cost to operate a physician’s office continues to climb unabated. Unfunded mandates and hidden regulatory burdens like the ongoing hassles of annually renewing state registration to continue to prescribe needed medications for patients threaten the viability of practices and patients’ access to care. The average cost to staff and run a practice now exceeds $500,000 per physician, and that’s before the physician gets paid a dime. These excessive administrative expenses add to the escalating cost of medical care that are borne by patients, employers, and taxpayers.
Excessive regulations also hurt local economies, which receive nearly $1 million in wages and benefits for each physician in practice. Physician offices employ support staff and often work with nonphysician providers, increasing the total number of employees in the industry to well above the count of physicians alone. In 2009, Texas office-based physicians supported 249,010 jobs. On average, each office-based physician supported 5.8 jobs, including his or her own.
Texas should not burden practices with additional regulatory costs that provide no benefit to patients or their health care.