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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Why Healthcare Providers Need Terms of Use and Privacy Policies for Their Websites

Why Healthcare Providers Need Terms of Use and Privacy Policies for Their Websites

It has never been easier to put up a website. If you are a healthcare provider, a website is not just a great way to advertise your practice to potential patients. It can also give you an outlet to share your medical knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. You also need to...

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How do I know if my employer can enforce my noncompete agreement?

How do I know if my employer can enforce my noncompete agreement?

Many Illinois doctors and healthcare providers do not take the time to review their existing employment contracts before leaving to start a new practice. This can be problematic if these contracts contain restrictive covenants, or “noncompete” provisions. Indeed, many doctors think they can simply ignore a noncompete agreement, set up shop across the street from...

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5 Things to Do Before Buying a Healthcare Practice

5 Things to Do Before Buying a Healthcare Practice

#1 – Review the books. Personally evaluate all liabilities and assets. This helps you understand how much business is necessary to sustain the practice, how adequately (or inadequately) employees are compensated, whether patient accounts are sent to collections, and whether the practice is something in which you want to invest. With the books in front...

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3 Questions a Chiropractor Should Ask before Hiring a Physical Therapist

3 Questions a Chiropractor Should Ask before Hiring a Physical Therapist

Can a chiropractor hire a physical therapist? This question might seem simple, but it implicates a complex array of federal and state laws.  As healthcare practices continue to consolidate and merge, it’s also a question that we’re asked frequently.  Each client and each situation are different, and this post isn’t a substitute for personalized legal...

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Bustle article features Erin Jackson’s legal guidance about emotional support animals

Bustle article features Erin Jackson’s legal guidance about emotional support animals

Our mental health provider clients frequently ask questions about providing documentation for their patients’ emotional support animals.  They often believe in their patients’ genuine reliance upon an emotional support animal (or an “ESA”), but they don’t know the parameters of the required documentation, whether any liability concerns are implicated, or what information they’re allowed to...

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Experts’ Tips on Forming an LLC: Erin Jackson’s advice shared in blerrp.com article

Experts’ Tips on Forming an LLC: Erin Jackson’s advice shared in blerrp.com article

Attorney Erin Jackson shared some tips with blerrp.com for those considering forming an LLC. To check out her advice, read the article and scroll down to #5 for her thoughts! Read the article...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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