Pets on planes, service dogs & emotional support animals: Erin Jackson unpacks the differences for URBO

Pets on planes, service dogs & emotional support animals: Erin Jackson unpacks the differences for URBO

Attorney Erin Jackson was recently interviewed by URBO about the distinctions between pets, service dogs, and emotional support animals. As airlines' pet-related mishaps continue to make the news, some are considering alternative ways to get Fido to their destination. What are the differences between pets and support or service dogs, and what are the consequences of masquerading your pet as something else?

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5 Lessons from the ATI Physical Therapy HIPAA Breach

5 Lessons from the ATI Physical Therapy HIPAA Breach

Earlier this month, ATI Physical Therapy in Illinois submitted a HIPAA breach notification to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An IT-related breach compromised the PHI of 35,136 patients. Here's what you can learn from it.

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Why your Notice of Privacy Practices alone doesn't satisfy your HIPAA obligations

Why your Notice of Privacy Practices alone doesn't satisfy your HIPAA obligations

We hear this question a lot. "I already have a Notice of Privacy Practices. Does that mean I don't need the HIPAA policy you mentioned?" And the answer is always, without exception, a resounding no. A Notice of Privacy Practices document is not a substitute for written privacy policies and procedures, nor is it sufficient to satisfy your legal and ethical requirements to safeguard patients' medical privacy.

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How to Ensure Your Texts & Emails Don't Violate HIPAA: Connor Jackson guest blogs for WebPT

How to Ensure Your Texts & Emails Don't Violate HIPAA: Connor Jackson guest blogs for WebPT

Patients and providers alike are relying upon text messages, social media, and email to communicate with or about patients' healthcare. But this often places patients' personal health information at risk, and these forms of communication may put providers in HIPAA's crosshairs.

Check out partner Connor Jackson's latest guest blog for WebPT, and learn 10 tips you can implement in your practice ASAP!

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3 Things Mental Health Providers Should Know about Reporting Threats of Harm

3 Things Mental Health Providers Should Know about Reporting Threats of Harm

Responding to a threat of harm can require quick action, so it’s best to consider this issue when it is not an emergent question facing your practice.  Because the repercussions of reports can be unpredictable, the decision as to how to handle a threat of harm can be challenging.  The Tarasoff doctrine simultaneously recognizes mental health professionals’ duty to uphold their patients’ confidentiality and their duty to take action when a potential victim is at risk.

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A Medical Marketing Expert Shares Six Reasons that Online Pharmacies are on the Rise {guest blog!}

A Medical Marketing Expert Shares Six Reasons that Online Pharmacies are on the Rise {guest blog!}

Katie Jones, a marketing expert, recently assisted in the development of the sites quickdoctor and doctor4u. We picked her brain about the advent of online pharmacies and why they’re currently leaps and bounds better than retail stores and brick and mortar pharmaceutical establishments. She had some enlightening points about the development and benefits of online pharmacies.

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Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

If the safety and quality of nursing home services decreases, elderly and disabled patients may seek an alternative means of care, such as that offered by in-home health.  Home health providers can provide the individualized care that patients and their families seek, and they can often significantly delay an individual’s transition into a full-time care facility. 

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3 Tips for Choosing a Name for Your New Business

3 Tips for Choosing a Name for Your New Business

A name is fundamental to the identity of your business.  It is the most outward facing aspect of your business, so naming your business is an exciting step.  Before choosing a name, there are a few things you should consider.

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Is Obamacare here to stay?: 3 Things to Expect in 2018

Is Obamacare here to stay?: 3 Things to Expect in 2018

Despite their efforts and actions to repeal Obamacare, the GOP did not have the sweeping success they had anticipated for 2017. As the new year begins, let’s take a look at the current state of the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect patients and providers in 2018.

With the 2018 midterm elections rapidly approaching, change may be this year’s only constant.

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3 Reasons Healthcare Providers Should Oppose Medicaid Work Requirements

3 Reasons Healthcare Providers Should Oppose Medicaid Work Requirements

Healthcare providers accepting Medicaid may see their patient volume decrease in coming months, the result of a plan recently approved by the federal government to grant states the authority to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.

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3 Things to Know about Concierge Medicine

3 Things to Know about Concierge Medicine

Hate watching your afternoon tick by on a waiting room clock? Disgusted by Susie Sniffles lobbing definitely-contagious sneezes in your direction? Already caught up on your entertainment news? If this describes you (or your patients!), you may be ready to jump on the concierge medicine bandwagon.

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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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How to Shop for Health Insurance {Deadline: December 15!}

How to Shop for Health Insurance {Deadline: December 15!}

It's time to purchase health insurance for 2018. As President Trump's first year in office winds down, the health insurance market is experiencing astounding turbulence. We answer your top 3 questions to help you cruise through Open Enrollment season without losing your cool.

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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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