How and Why to Make Your Practice’s Website ADA-Accessible

How and Why to Make Your Practice’s Website ADA-Accessible

Before meeting you, many prospective patients use your website to learn about who you are and the services you provide. But even many healthcare providers erroneously assume that everyone sees and experiences their site in the same way. The key to crafting an accessible website design is overcoming that assumption.

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3 Things to Know about CMS' Latest Attempt to Erode ACA Protections

3 Things to Know about CMS' Latest Attempt to Erode ACA Protections

CMS issued a 365-page proposed rule that, if enacted, could reduce the most basic benefits offered under the Affordable Care Act.  This is the latest among Republicans' so-called "premium stabilization efforts," which aim to reduce Obama-era insurance premium hikes at the expense of Americans' access to healthcare.  CMS said the rule was intended to give states more flexibility and reduce the burden on insurers in order to stabilize the individual and small-group markets and drive down the cost of care.While I haven't fully digested the entire proposed rule yet, here are 3 of my earliest concerns.

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Connor Jackson shares tips on employment contracts with Dice

Connor Jackson shares tips on employment contracts with Dice

In an article published today by Dice, partner Connor Jackson shares his knowledge about employment contracts and the red flags about which employees should be aware.

Employment agreements rarely benefit the employee,” explained Connor D. Jackson, a Chicago healthcare attorney with Jackson LLP. “You need to pay particular attention to restrictive covenants that are often buried in the middle of the document.

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How Your Patients Benefit from 23andMe and Similar Pharmacogenetic Tools

How Your Patients Benefit from 23andMe and Similar Pharmacogenetic Tools

September is Healthy Aging Month! Because so much of our health is tied to our genetic makeup, we wrote this post about the importance of knowing and taking detailed family health histories. Read on, and share your favorite checklists, surveys, or tools for gathering this information.

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How to Combat Pressure from Patients to Prescribe the Drugs They See on TV

How to Combat Pressure from Patients to Prescribe the Drugs They See on TV

If you feel like your TV advertisements increasingly include more prescription drugs, you’re right.  Pharmaceutical companies are pouring money into their consumer marketing campaigns, spending $4.5 billion in 2014, $3.5 billion in 2012, and $2.5 billion in 2000. 

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How to Create a Business Budget

How to  Create a Business Budget

There are three main parts to a business budget: revenues, expenses, and profits – profits are your revenues minus your expenses.  For revenues and expenses, an existing business should rely upon historical data (i.e., your past actual business performance), while startups will necessarily make educated (ie: not aspirational) guesses.

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World Hepatitis Day Post: Our Top 5 Favorite Global Health Organizations

World Hepatitis Day Post: Our Top 5 Favorite Global Health Organizations

July 28, 2017 is World Hepatitis Day, as declared by the World Health Organization (WHO).  In 2015, the WHO reports that about 325,000,000 lived with chronic hepatitis, and viral hepatitis caused 1.34 million deaths. So, in honor of World Hepatitis Day, we’re sharing a few of our favorite global health organizations.  Check them out, and add your own to the list too!

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Provider Alert: Mibelas birth control pills recalled, packaging error could cause unexpected pregnancy

Provider Alert: Mibelas birth control pills recalled, packaging error could cause unexpected pregnancy

Providers who have prescribed Mibelas should also reach out to these patients to notify them of the recall.  They may also wish to encourage back-up contraception until the patient’s next menstrual cycle and monitoring for unexpected pregnancy.

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Did You Know?: Illinois expanded pharmacist access to opioid antagonist shot

Did You Know?: Illinois expanded pharmacist access to opioid antagonist shot

Naloxone rapidly reverses an opioid overdose and can quickly restore normal respiration in someone whose breathing has stopped or slowed from an overdose.  The life-saving drug has been deployed throughout the country to help combat the opioid epidemic.

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Failure to notify patients of privacy breach: Illinois hospital settles for $475k

Failure to notify patients of privacy breach: Illinois hospital settles for $475k

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, settled with a healthcare system for its untimely reporting of a breach of its unsecured, private health information. Presence Health has agreed to pay $475,000 and implement a corrective action plan.

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How to determine if your business can be a non-profit

How to determine if your business can be a non-profit

Whoops. A business can’t actually be a nonprofit. But this is a question frequently posed by our clients, who are attracted to the perceived tax advantages of operating a nonprofit versus a for-profit entity.

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Lessons from Vermont: How to Structure a Telemedicine Law to Benefit Patients and Providers

Lessons from Vermont: How to Structure a Telemedicine Law to Benefit Patients and Providers

Under existing law. Vermont Medicaid and commercial insurers were required to cover telemedicine services if the patient was located at a healthcare facility when receiving the services. The new law changes this, requiring all Vermont insurers to cover telemedicine services if (1) the services would be covered if rendered through an in-person visit, and (2) the patient is located at an originating site.

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What you need to know about preexisting conditions

What you need to know about preexisting conditions

As Republicans work to make good on their campaign promises to repeal the ACA, coverage for those with preexisting conditions hangs in the balance. If the GOP can successfully repeal the insurance protections extended by the ACA to those with preexisting conditions, about 130 million Americans may see their healthcare costs rise.

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