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Is Zoom Serious on Privacy?

Zoom’s video chat service has exploded in popularity in the wake of social distancing and infection mitigation measures necessitated by COVID-19. It supports multiple users, is easily sharable, and generally reliable as a service. It’s also one of a few providers that devote significant marketing to the healthcare space, advertising, for a fee, a HIPAA-compliant … Continue reading Is Zoom Serious on Privacy?

A Telehealth Primer for Clinicians

Telehealth use has increased rapidly in the past five years, but social distancing measures necessitated by COVID-19 have placed it at the forefront of clinicians’ minds for care continuation and infection mitigation. Also because of COVID-19, CMS announced a major expansion of permitted uses of telehealth for providers who accept Medicare during the public health … Continue reading A Telehealth Primer for Clinicians

COVID-19: Community Mitigation Strategies for Healthcare Providers

As the number of reported COVID-19 infections in the U.S. has increased significantly to 1701 cases as of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released important documentation on community-level mitigation strategies for COVID-19. This includes CDC’s latest guidance to healthcare providers and assisted and independent living facilities on methods to … Continue reading COVID-19: Community Mitigation Strategies for Healthcare Providers

COVID-19: What Happened to the Tri-Agency Taskforce?

As of this writing, reports indicate there are 340 known cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 14 deaths. Worldwide, over 100,000 cases have been diagnosed with over 3500 deaths. The U.S. is in the midst of a rapidly growing public health emergency, one which HHS Secretary Alex Azar acknowledged has existed since January … Continue reading COVID-19: What Happened to the Tri-Agency Taskforce?

Clinician Contracts: 5 Things to Remember Before Signing

Whether fresh out of residency or making a lateral career move, licensed clinicians should always understand employment or shareholder agreements before signing–your career may depend on it. Although reading and understanding the entire agreement is crucial, a few items warrant special attention before putting the proverbial pen to paper. 1: Non-Compete Clauses Non-compete clauses are … Continue reading Clinician Contracts: 5 Things to Remember Before Signing

CMS Announces Proposed Stark and Anti-Kickback Rule Revisions

On October 9, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced two major proposed rule changes affecting both the Stark and Anti-Kickback Statutes. The first is “Medicare Program; Modernizing and Clarifying the Physician Self-Referral Regulations” and the second, “Revisions To Safe Harbors Under the Anti-Kickback Statute, and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules Regarding Beneficiary Inducements.” … Continue reading CMS Announces Proposed Stark and Anti-Kickback Rule Revisions

A Compliance Program for Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in 7 Elements

If you own or run a clinical practice and bill Medicare or Medicaid, having a mature fraud, waste, and abuse compliance program is a critical part of business. In 2018, the U.S. Justice Department recovered $2.8 billion in civil cases involving fraud and false claims submitted to the Federal government. Of that figure, $2.5 billion … Continue reading A Compliance Program for Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in 7 Elements

FDA and DEA release first-ever joint warning to operators of websites marketing opioids online

In first-ever joint warnings, the FDA and DEA have sent letters to four online networks that operate 10 individual websites that market “unapproved and misbranded versions of opioid medicines, including tramadol, that are potentially dangerous. ” “Issuing these warning letters is not only an effort to deter the availability of dangerous illegal opioids, but it … Continue reading FDA and DEA release first-ever joint warning to operators of websites marketing opioids online

Is Your Organization GDPR-Compliant?

The world of data has never been the same: on May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) went into full force and effect, changing the way individuals and organizations handle personal data, not only within the EU, but globally. The GDPR builds on existing law not only by standardizing and strengthening … Continue reading Is Your Organization GDPR-Compliant?

Data Rights: Two Lessons Healthcare can Teach Tech

The flow of ideas between the tech sector and older industries runs on a very fast one-way street from Silicon Valley to the doorstep of any company with a time-tested business model. Healthcare is the most ancient of all businesses, and there are surely many tech-based disruptions in store for it. But at this moment, … Continue reading Data Rights: Two Lessons Healthcare can Teach Tech