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When the Medical Board Calls.....Don't Panic Print E-mail
Written by Georgette Samaritan, RN, BSN, CPHRM   
Monday, 04 July 2016 00:00

When you receive a medical board inquiry, it's the letter all physicians dread. Now, what do you do? Panic? Throw the letter away? Call and confront the complainant with this accusation and try to talk them out of it? Call your fellow physicians to get their support on the factual or expert issues which might be involved? Go on vacation and deal with it later? Alter or destroy the medical record?

The answer is: absolutely do none of the above.

Instead, please strongly consider applying the following tips when you are first contacted by the Medical Board...

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Providers can treat child with one parent's consent, FL court rules Print E-mail
Written by Becker's Hospital Review   
Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

The Florida Court of Appeals ruled it is not the duty of healthcare providers to investigate parental disagreements, nor is it required <that> providers receive consent from both parents before administering care to a child.

The court's decision resulted from a case in which a father sued a surgeon for performing adenoid and ear-tube surgery on his child without his consent. After initially...

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Changes of Ownership in Healthcare Businesses Print E-mail
Written by Jacqueline Bain | Florida Healthcare Law Firm Blog   
Monday, 13 June 2016 00:00

The amount of regulation imposed upon those entering into the healthcare business arena can be staggering even for a highly experienced businessman. In the business world, buying and selling businesses is often accompanied by lawyers, documents and consultants. In the healthcare business world, buying into and selling healthcare businesses, or any portion of health care businesses, requires all of that support and much more.

Diving into a healthcare business requires many considerations that are unique to other areas of business. First, appropriate licensing bodies must be notified and/or approve any such purchase or sale. For instance, in the State of Florida...

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With end of ICD-10 grace period looming, docs must be mindful of code specificity Print E-mail
Written by FHI News   
Monday, 23 May 2016 00:00

In a May 20, 2016 Fierce Health IT post by Dan Bowman:
 
As the end of the first year under ICD-10 fast approaches, physicians who file claims under the Medicare Part B physician fee schedule must be mindful that the end of the one-year grace period for post-payment reviews also looms.

According to Christine Lee, a manager of provider practice audit services at Ciox Health, "Practices submitting unspecified ICD-10 codes after Oct. 1, 2016, may potentially experience an increase in post-payment audits and quality reporting errors."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 18:01
 
Unauthorized Filming for "NY Med" Results in $2.2 Million Settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 25 April 2016 00:00

According to a 4.21.16 HHS.gov post:
 
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it has reached a $2.2 million settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) for the egregious disclosure of two patients' protected health information (PHI) to film crews and staff during the filming of "NY Med," an ABC television series, without first obtaining authorization from the patients. In particular, OCR found that NYP allowed the ABC crew to film someone who was dying and another person in significant distress, even after a medical professional urged the crew to stop.

Read more in the current issue of Week in Review>> http://conta.cc/1qLWPxr

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 May 2016 11:12
 
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