Mouth Open, Lips Sealed: 5 Five HIPAA Tips for Dentists

Mouth Open, Lips Sealed: 5 Five HIPAA Tips for Dentists

If you are a dentist, you already understand the importance of HIPAA’s mandate that you safely store and protect your patients’ personal health information (PHI). While the main goal of HIPAA is to keep patients’ private information secure, it is equally important to take proactive steps to prevent potential breaches of data and unauthorized access...

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You’ve Been Served: A Mental Health Provider’s Guide to Records Requests

You’ve Been Served: A Mental Health Provider’s Guide to Records Requests

Mental health providers engage with highly confidential health information on a daily basis. From our experience, psychiatrists and therapists also tend to be sensitive to the information in their patient records and very HIPAA-literate.  For these reasons, a police request or court order for patient records can be stressful and confusing. Who has the right...

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The Takeaway From CMS 2019 Proposed Physician Payment Rule

The Takeaway From CMS 2019 Proposed Physician Payment Rule

On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued its annual proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2019. Several key changes are included in this proposal, the most exciting of which is a requirement that physicians are paid for their time when they contact Medicare beneficiaries via telephone or other telecommunications channels...

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Overwhelmed with employees’ vacation requests? Erin Jackson shares tips with NCR Silver.

Overwhelmed with employees’ vacation requests? Erin Jackson shares tips with NCR Silver.

The first vacation request passed across your desk months ago. Then another… and another… And a last-minute request for a child’s out-of-state summer sports event, or a college tour, or just some special family time. As a business owner, how can you manage your employees’ needs to take time away from the office while balancing...

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Can an Illinois Physical Therapist Give or Receive Money in Exchange for Referrals?

Can an Illinois Physical Therapist Give or Receive Money in Exchange for Referrals?

As a physical therapist, you may have been offered money or gifts in exchange for referrals. Perhaps you have considered offering a referring physician money or gifts in exchange for a referral. If you are not yet familiar with laws relating to giving and receiving money in exchange for referrals, make sure you educate yourself...

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Erin Jackson discusses her entrepreneur journey & passions in interview with A Chronic Entrepreneur

Erin Jackson discusses her entrepreneur journey & passions in interview with A Chronic Entrepreneur

Partner Erin Jackson, a survivor of chronic pelvic pain, frequently speaks with media outlets in her capacity as an advocate for those with pain. She even runs a nonprofit pelvic pain awareness organization, Inspire Santé. But what’s that got to do with the law? Well… everything! In this new interview with A Chronic Entrepreneur, Erin...

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A Medi-Spa Practitioner’s Refresher on Medical Necessity and Cosmetic Treatments

A Medi-Spa Practitioner’s Refresher on Medical Necessity and Cosmetic Treatments

In Illinois, almost all health insurance companies and HMOs pay claims based on medical necessity. If a treatment is deemed to be medically necessary, an insurance company or HMO will likely pay the claim on that treatment. However, if a treatment is deemed to be purely cosmetic and not medically necessary, then an insurance company...

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“Don’t Tell My Mom”: A Guide to HIPAA Compliance for Minor Patients

“Don’t Tell My Mom”: A Guide to HIPAA Compliance for Minor Patients

As a healthcare provider, when a minor patient approaches you and pleads, “Don’t tell my mom,” abiding by your patient’s wishes is anything but simple. In fact, HIPAA offers no protection to minors and requires healthcare providers to release a minor patient’s medical records to the child’s parent or guardian when requested. This guide to...

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3 Things Psychiatrists Need to Know About the Anti-Kickback Statute

3 Things Psychiatrists Need to Know About the Anti-Kickback Statute

The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits individuals and entities from offering anything of value, whether cash or otherwise, in exchange for any federal healthcare program business. Federal healthcare programs include Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, Department of Labor health programs, and more. Any violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) can result in civil fines, criminal penalties, and program removals....

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Payment Models in Post-Acute Healthcare Settings: A Primer

Payment Models in Post-Acute Healthcare Settings: A Primer

For several years now, CMS has been trying to move providers into value-based payment models. But they’ve recently recognized that pushing a hospital into a value-based model doesn’t mean that individual providers actually become value-motivated. Now, CMS is working to link a provider’s fee for service to the provider’s quality of care. MACRA and Payment...

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