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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How to Set Up an Effective Workplace Wellness Program

How to Set Up an Effective Workplace Wellness Program

Proponents of workplace wellness programs argue that an employer’s commitment to its employees’ health will reduce the company’s healthcare costs in the...

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Failure to notify patients of privacy breach: Illinois hospital settles for $475k

Failure to notify patients of privacy breach: Illinois hospital settles for $475k

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, settled with a healthcare system for its untimely reporting of a breach of its unsecured, private health information. Presence Health has agreed to pay $475,000 and implement a corrective action...

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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...

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Suicide rates soar among female providers

Suicide rates soar among female providers

 “The rate of suicide among women employed in any health profession was higher than for women in other occupations; the difference was statistically significant for women employed as nurses or medical practitioners.” ...

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How Sex Disparities in Clinical Drug Trials Hurt Women

How Sex Disparities in Clinical Drug Trials Hurt Women

Although women consume more pharmaceuticals than men, they comprise a minority of clinical trial test subjects and are at twice the risk for adverse drug reactions. Those who advocate for scientific accountability of sex differences in drug studies argue that the pharmaceutical industry lacks a commitment to women’s...

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How to Comply with the Affordable Care Act’s Nondiscrimination Mandate

How to Comply with the Affordable Care Act’s Nondiscrimination Mandate

If you still decide that you’re not covered by its requirements, be forewarned: if HHS investigates you for discrimination and determines you’re not a “covered entity,” it has specified that it will simply refer the case to another federal agency that does have the ability to penalize you for...

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