“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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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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5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

Most of us cannot go more than 10 minutes without checking our Twitter or Facebook feeds for updates. Healthcare professionals are no different. If you are a healthcare provider, you need to be extra careful when it comes to sharing information that might be protected under HIPAA and other medical privacy laws. Here are five...

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Does Your Practice Accept Medicare or Medicaid? You Need a Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Compliance Plan

Does Your Practice Accept Medicare or Medicaid? You Need a Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Compliance Plan

Illinois healthcare providers already face substantial challenges in delivering high-quality care to their patients. When you accept patients insured by Medicare or Medicaid, you also assume the additional legal obligation to ensure that you submit accurate reimbursement claims to the government. We are not simply talking about double-checking your bills for typos; you need a...

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What U.S. Healthcare Providers Need to Know About GDPR

What U.S. Healthcare Providers Need to Know About GDPR

Over the past few months, you probably noticed the deluge of emails from major companies informing you of changes to their online privacy policies. This was largely in response to the European Union’s (EU) adoption of its new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which took effect on May 25, 2018. What is GDPR? Does it...

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