Category Archives: Compliance

Don’t Be a HIPAA-CRIT: Are You Unintentionally Exposing Your Practice?

Most physicians are technologically savvy and provide quality healthcare in today’s cutting-edge, fast-paced practice of medicine. While you are likely taking precautions to protect your practice, there are privacy risks that may not be so apparent.

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How to Stay on the “Right” Side of the Maryland Board of Physicians

NATALIE MCSHERRY Practicing physicians should make sure to avoid licensing issues and potential disciplinary actions from the Maryland Board of Physicians by taking a few simple measures. Failure to follow these steps could result in drastic consequences for your practice. The Board is composed of 22 members, 14 of whom are practicing licensed physicians (including […]

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Avoiding Billing Pitfalls in the Age of the ACA


In the second decade of the 21st century, many healthcare providers are struggling to decide whether or not to accept patients who have Medicaid. A key issue is the provider’s ability to ensure compliance with its myriad reimbursement regulations.

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When Must You Report Suspected Child Abuse?

MARC COHEN | SARAH C.J. NADIV Do you understand your reporting duties when you suspect that child abuse has occurred? This article provides a simplified overview of the reporting requirements for physicians and other health practitioners. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Maryland’s Medical Records Confidentiality Act, and professional ethics all require that […]

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How to Avoid Legal Pitfalls in Hospital Employment Agreements

Medicine is squeezing all it can out of the dollar.

In Maryland and elsewhere in the U.S., health reform and other factors are fueling the trend toward hospital employment of physicians. Consider these issues If you are considering the sale of your practice to a hospital.

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How to Avoid the Legal Pitfalls of Social Media


Pro-active use of social media can provide myriad benefits to a medical practice, and a little bit of careful planning and implementation can help avoid many of the potential legal pitfalls.

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ACA Impact on Small Private Medical Practices


Small private medical practices should know which provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act taking effect January 1, 2014, may affect the health insurance plan currently offered to their staff.

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How to Avoid Ten Common Mistakes

By: Neal M. Brown and Nicole A. McCarus Responding to the Maryland Medical Licensing Boards:  Your medical license is your livelihood and every inquiry from a licensing board is a “big deal.”  Licensing boards have almost unfettered authority to investigate, prosecute and impact your ability to practice medicine in Maryland.  How you respond to a […]

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How HIPAA Rule Changes May Affect EHR Relationships


The HiTech Act in 2009 set in motion a series of changes to the HIPAA rules. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) most recent HIPAA regulation response was issued March 26, 2013.

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Top 10 New HIPAA Changes for Physicians


The long-awaited changes to HIPPA were released on January 25, 2013, overhauling physicians’ current obligations. Practices should begin reevaluating their business associates, policies, and training

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