Physicians need to get ready to comply with new rules recently issued under HIPAA. The so-called “Final Rule” makes significant changes to several of the laws governing physicians and the health care field in general. The general deadline to comply with the Final Rule is September 23, 2013. The following summarizes some of the major compliance considerations related to the new rules....Read More
The use and transmission of protected health information (“PHI”) over mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets has increased dramatically over recent years. Common uses include texting patients, e-mailing nurses, or accessing medical records on an iPad. These tools can increase efficiency; however, they can also increase the risk of a security breach. Common security breach...Read More
What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the practice of using telecommunications technology to deliver enhanced medical care by allowing physicians to observe patients and patient data from different locations. There are currently a variety of telemedicine systems being used across the United States. These systems can encompass anything from a fax machine to sophisticated two-way audiovisual...Read More
Due to the presence of the Internet, patients unpleased with a visit to their physician now have the ability to go online with complaints and posting — often anonymously — critiques of physicians, in much the same way that a traveler can rate hotels on websites such as TripAdvisor.com.
In the past five years more than 40 Websites, such as RateMDs.com, Angie’s List, Yelp,...Read More
While an increasing number of physicians are interested in selling their practices to a hospital, it is important to remember that the sale of a practice takes extensive planning. Whether you are interested in selling your practice due to the challenges of maintaining a private practice, to capitalize on strategic opportunities, or for other reasons, you need to consider a number of issues....Read More
Medical malpractice claims costs the health care industry billions every year. The spiraling costs of defending against these claims and of acquiring malpractice insurance have left many health care providers feeling like they’re treading water in an ever-expanding ocean of attorneys’ fees and premium payments.
Besides throwing more and more money at insurance, are there steps health care...Read More