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WORKING WITH PHYSICIANS

What to do when your doctor becomes a patient

Their role as healers makes it easy to forget physicians are subject to the same illnesses that befall other humans. They are not invincible, even though…


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READER TIPS

Ohio staff spend one day a month in each of the other positions

The profit margin is so small that no medical office can afford to have people doing bits of work, says the manager of a…


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HEALTH CARE REFORM

Industry challenged to create more patient-friendly medical billing

Furthering the goals of focusing on patients, coordinate health care delivery, and making health information more accessible, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a…


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TECHNOLOGY

Reports provide detailed analysis of telemedicine by state

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA), a leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies, recently released two state policy reports which identify gaps in coverage and reimbursement, and in physician practice standards and licensure.
These reports compare state policies on a report card, assigning each state grades ranging from A-to-F based on telemedicine reimbursement and physician practice standards. ATA has captured the complex policy landscape of 50 states with differing telemedicine policies and…

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COMPLIANCE

$800,000 HIPAA penalty for dumping medical records

A healthcare organization whose employees left boxes of medical records unattended on the driveway of a physician’s home has to pay an $800,000 settlement.
Parkview Health System has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
Parkview will pay $800,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to address deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program.
Parkview is a nonprofit healthcare system that provides…

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COMPLIANCE

Same-sex marriage ruling brings in new legal issues

Plus new emphasis on discrimination
Though it applies only to states where same-sex marriage is legal, the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage warrants attention from managers in all states. For those in Washington, DC, and the 13 states where gay marriage is recognized, there are new employment law requirements. For those in all the other states, the ruling calls for increased emphasis on nondiscrimination.
A matter of two rulings
In a nutshell, the decision, which came down June 26, says that in states where same-sex marriage is recognized…

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HEALTH CARE REFORM

Health reform’s delay on the employer mandate raises lots of questions

There’s a new delay in health care reform.
It’s a one-year postponement of what’s known as the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
That mandate says large employers, or those with 50 or more full-time employees, have to provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty. Originally, the requirement was supposed to take effect this coming January. Now the date is pushed back to 2015. That gives larger employers a year’s grace before they have to provide health insurance that meets government standards…

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