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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