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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Life insurance company settles HIPAA breach for $2,200,000​​​​​​​

Life insurance company settles HIPAA breach for $2,200,000​​​​​​​

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a HIPAA settlement after MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico disclosed unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI).

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HIPAA Changes for Opioid Overdoses?

HIPAA Changes for Opioid Overdoses?

HIPAA already contains such exceptions, so Christie’s suggestions are more political posturing than advocating for change.As needed to treat a patient, providers may disclose protected health information without the patient’s permission.

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ACA repeal update: meeting set for today

ACA repeal update: meeting set for today

The bill has been drafted behind closed doors, and many Senators report being unsure about the details of the legislation. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson said, “I want to know exactly what is going to be in the Senate bill, I don’t know yet. It’s not a good process.” Even Senator Graham told reporters he didn’t know any details about the bill other than that “they’re writing it.”

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Dallas hospital pays out $3.2 million for HIPAA breach

Dallas hospital pays out $3.2 million for HIPAA breach

Children’s Medical Center had failed to implement procedures that were compliant with HIPAA.  It did not implement risk management plans, nor did it use encryption on all of its laptops, workstations, mobile devices, or removable media storage. 

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The Trumpcare Catch-22: Create jobs but repeal the ACA

The Trumpcare Catch-22: Create jobs but repeal the ACA

America’s huge investment in health care has provided high-paying jobs, causing many to worry over potential cuts in federal health spending.  These jobs saw opportunities arise for skilled and unskilled workers of diverse backgrounds, and the ACA marketplaces have also created extensive employment prospects.

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How the travel ban would hurt our healthcare system

How the travel ban would hurt our healthcare system

The ban not only creates uncertainty for American immigrants and visitors, but also for the state of medicine and science in the United States, which rely upon immigrant students and researchers. The possibility of a permanent ban brings up questions about what that means for the healthcare industry, whose dependence an immigrant workforce is expected to increase in the coming years.

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Cherokee Nation seeks to hold large companies accountable for opioid crisis

Cherokee Nation seeks to hold large companies accountable for opioid crisis

The lawsuit asserts that “[t]he brunt of the [opioid] epidemic could have been, and should have been, prevented by the defendant companies acting within the U.S. drug distribution industry, which are some of the largest corporations in America. These drug wholesalers and retailers have profited greatly by allowing the Cherokee Nation to become flooded with prescription opioids.”

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Medical emergencies at 30,000 feet: What really goes on up there?

Medical emergencies at 30,000 feet: What really goes on up there?

The frequency of in-flight emergencies – which only afflict about one in six hundred flights – recently made headlines when actress Carrie Fisher suffered an ultimately fatal medical event in the air.  In late 2016, Ms. Fisher was aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles when she went into cardiac arrest.

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Endorsing a product or service? Be sure to follow the rules.

Endorsing a product or service? Be sure to follow the rules.

Many companies offer commissions on referrals for a reason: when someone you trust recommends a product or service, your enthusiasm for purchasing it is heightened.  This enthusiasm will likely diminish, however, if you knew that the referrer was being compensated for the referral. It’s for this reason that the FTC created an Endorsement Guide, the purpose of which is to promote honest and non-misleading endorsements.

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Canadian osteopathic school under fire for unauthorized medical practice

Canadian osteopathic school under fire for unauthorized medical practice

The charges arose after undercover investigators with the physicians’ college posed as patients seeking treatment at an osteopathic school-run clinic. In an interview, CEO school president Phillippe Druelle said that the school’s clinic neither gives injections nor prescribes pills and that the charges are baseless.

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Jackson LLP on the road: a photoblog!

Jackson LLP on the road: a photoblog!

Anyone who follows Erin or Connor on Twitter knows that we've been traveling lately ... a lot!  Within the month of April, Erin spoke at physical therapy association conferences in Florida, Missouri, and Illinois.  We also traveled to California for a legal professional engagement (and a mini-vacation).  For those who spent time with us during these travels, or just for those who're antsing to get to know us better, here's a few photos from the road.

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Trump warns: The ACA is in "serious trouble," "death spiral"

Trump warns: The ACA is in "serious trouble," "death spiral"

On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that the Affordable Care Act would collapse without new funding.  A subsequent tweet suggested that its survival depends upon Congressional Democrats funding his proposed wall on the Mexican border

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The Starving Among Us: American food deserts demand attention from healthcare providers, community organizers & government

The Starving Among Us: American food deserts demand attention from healthcare providers, community organizers & government

A food desert is a geographic area which lacks fresh fruit, vegetables, and other whole foods.  These arise from an absence of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and healthy food providers, and the United States is full of them (1). This problem is linked to obesity, poor diet choices, and hunger – all things that detrimentally affect the health of our communities and, thus, the conditions that show up in our clients’ clinics each day.

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Pain-management training lacking among healthcare providers

Pain-management training lacking among healthcare providers

Because of the opioid epidemic that’s drawn national attention, medical schools are now grappling with the need to increase their pain management education. While the American Medical Association has encouraged that pain be dropped as the fifth vital sign (a “solution” that Erin’s been exploring with physical therapists while speaking at recent physical therapy conferences), elected officials are anxious for more active steps.

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