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Proponents of workplace wellness programs argue that an employer’s commitment to its employees’ health will reduce the company’s healthcare costs in the long-run.
Providers who have prescribed Mibelas should also reach out to these patients to notify them of the recall. They may also wish to encourage back-up contraception until the patient’s next menstrual cycle and monitoring for unexpected pregnancy.
Naloxone rapidly reverses an opioid overdose and can quickly restore normal respiration in someone whose breathing has stopped or slowed from an overdose. The life-saving drug has been deployed throughout the country to help combat the opioid epidemic.
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 plan.
Take a listen as they discuss the Founding Fathers' own debate over healthcare, more than 200 years ago. One group of men burned down the brand-new hospital of the day to protest their lack of access to healthcare as smallpox raged through their communities. It even makes today's political feud seem tame.
A rule premised upon the patient’s ability to self-diagnose prior to visiting the ER is a highly implausible and cruelly transparent cost-saving measure that will be paid with human lives.
Whoops. A business can’t actually be a nonprofit. But this is a question frequently posed by our clients, who are attracted to the perceived tax advantages of operating a nonprofit versus a for-profit entity.
Under existing law. Vermont Medicaid and commercial insurers were required to cover telemedicine services if the patient was located at a healthcare facility when receiving the services. The new law changes this, requiring all Vermont insurers to cover telemedicine services if (1) the services would be covered if rendered through an in-person visit, and (2) the patient is located at an originating site.
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.
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).
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Recently, I asked a private practice LCSW whether she had HIPAA procedures in place. Her response? “I am my HIPAA procedure!” If only it were that simple.
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.
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.”
As the legality of the executive order winds through the courts, the uncertainty makes it difficult for health programs to plan for future ‘worst case scenarios.’
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.
The not-for-profit Florida Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) agreed to pay $5.5 million for a HIPAA breach.
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.
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.
Because Medicaid patients typically have lower incomes (as compared to privately-insured patients), they face more hurdles to obtaining care. Transportation costs to get to-and-from medical appointments, unpaid time off of work, and childcare can be cost-prohibitive and make it impossible to make their appointment.
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.
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
“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.”
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.
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.
High-spending hospitals can’t just start spending less while maintaining the same outcomes. Slicing spending without a plan for protecting patient health would spell disaster. To cut spending, they would need to implement strategic and complex approaches that insulate their outcomes from their expenditures – a tricky proposal.