Is your Organization ready for a HIPAA Audit?

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently announced that it will survey 1,200 covered entities (health plans, health care providers, and health care clearinghouses) and business associates (groups that provide certain services to covered … Continued

The Hottest Job in America?

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Name the hottest job in America right now. Social media? Web development? Nursing? None of the above. According to The Wall Street Journal, the hottest job in America right now is (drum roll please….) Compliance Officer. Sexy? No. Necessary? Oh … Continued

Recent Changes in EHR Donation Rules

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Is your practice daunted by the costs of implementing an electronic health record (“EHR”) and entertaining the idea of using a donated EHR?  If so, continue reading about how the new Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General … Continued

A Missing Flash Drive Could Cost Your Practice $150,000

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If you lose a 16GB portable flash drive, you can purchase a replacement through Amazon for $10.  However, if that flash drive happened to contain the electronic protected health information (“ePHI”) of patients of your practice, that missing flash drive … Continued

Frank vs. Bowers

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On June 20, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion addressing arbitration clauses between healthcare providers and patients.  Franks v. Bowers, No. SC11-1258 (Fla. June 20, 2013).  This decision should be of interest to providers who have arbitration agreements … Continued

The Health Law Handbook 25th Edition Published

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The Health Law Handbook, 25th Edition was published this week, containing a chapter written by Ann M. Bittinger.   The Handbook, edited by well-known Philadelphia health law attorney Alice G. Gosfield, brings together 16 authors of 13 chapters grouped in five … Continued