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Can an Audit or Regulatory Proceeding Really Happen to You?

Posted by Stephanie Dozier on Oct 12, 2018 11:55:00 AM

Regulation of the healthcare industry is increasing. Almost every aspect of a medical practice is now regulated, including interactions with patients, employees, vendors, and even how you bill for your services.

Though the headlines are filled with articles about million dollar settlements between the government and providers, hospitals, or pharmaceutical companies, no one thinks it will happen to him or her.

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The Importance of Early Reporting and Early Resolution

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Oct 5, 2018 11:55:00 AM

Deciding when to report a bad outcome is a difficult decision for physicians and healthcare providers. On the one hand, providers are obligated to report outcomes that could lead to claims to their malpractice insurance provider; on the other, reporting every unanticipated outcome could quickly become burdensome.

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

Hurricane Preparedness

Posted by Ruth Wood, MBA, CPHRM on Sep 13, 2018 9:00:47 AM

It’s never too late to prepare for a hurricane or other natural disaster.  While not every eventuality can be anticipated, there are steps you can take that will give your practice the best chance of returning to normal operations as quickly and completely as possible after a natural disaster.

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Topics: Employment Issues and Workplace Management

DOJ Announces Two Large False Claims Act Settlements

Posted by Scott R. Grubman, Esq. on Aug 30, 2018 12:03:00 PM

Earlier this month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced two large settlements under the False Claims Act (FCA) against hospital systems:

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Topics: Billing and Reimbursement

CMS Proposes Potential Changes to Documentation Requirements

Posted by Scott R. Grubman, Esq. on Aug 23, 2018 11:57:40 AM

On July 27, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule containing numerous proposed changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule and other Medicare policies. The proposed rule is intended to update Medicare’s payment systems to better reflect the relative value of services. 

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction, Billing and Reimbursement

Buying Insurance Through a Payroll Provider, Six Things to Consider

Posted by Mark Francis on Jul 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Utilizing a payroll company to ensure accuracy and save time can be beneficial for many practices. However, utilizing this same company for related services such as workers’ compensation insurance – a move that may save time, but usually doesn’t provide value to the practice – is another story.

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Topics: Employment Issues and Workplace Management

Interns and Volunteers

Posted by Jackson Lewis P.C. on Jul 19, 2018 11:05:54 AM

Interns

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Topics: Employment Issues and Workplace Management

Cell Phone and Mobile Device Policy

Posted by Jackson Lewis P.C. on Jul 12, 2018 12:30:00 PM

B_FemaleDrPhoneCallMagMutual strives to ensure your healthcare organization has the business policies it needs. These policies help to keep employees informed while protecting your organizations from some of the risks you face as a business. This policy is meant for general use and may not cover all the specific needs of your organization. Please contact us with any questions you may have. 

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Topics: Employment Issues and Workplace Management

OCR to Revisit “Accounting of Disclosures” Proposed Rule

Posted by Emma Cecil, JD on Jun 28, 2018 11:55:00 AM

This fall, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will again solicit public comment on a proposed rule that would modify HIPAA’s privacy regulations as necessary to implement the accounting of disclosures provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). OCR will withdraw the previous notice of proposed rule-making (76 FR 31426) that was published in 2011.

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An Employer's right to control the use of social media in the workplace

Posted by Jackson Lewis P.C. on Jun 19, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Disciplining/Terminating Employees Who Misuse Social Media

There are many scenarios that may prompt an employer to discipline or terminate an employee for his or her use of social media in the workplace. The most obvious situation is an employee who engages in illegal web-based activity while at work. Another common scenario is an employee who spends the majority of his or her on-duty time using social media sites having nothing to do with his or her job responsibilities.

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Topics: Employment Issues and Workplace Management

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