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Settlement Highlights HIPAA Data Breach Rules

Healthcare providers are in a uniquely vulnerable position in the event of a data breach because both they and their “business associates” are required to comply with HIPAA’s Breach Notification Rule. This vulnerability was recently underscored by a settlement between CoPilot Support Services Inc. and the state of New York.

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Do Physician Employees Need Malpractice Insurance?

The medical profession has seen dramatic changes over the past 10 years. For example, more and more doctors are leaving individual or small group practices to become physician employees. According to a New York Times report, nearly 60 percent of the nation’s family practitioners and pediatricians, half of its surgeons

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Health and Safety Training: A Must for Small Businesses

If you own a small business, health and safety training for your employees may be the furthest thing from your mind. Dealing with daily operations, budgets, payroll, employee issues and  ever-increasing regulatory demands are almost certainly much higher on your list of to-dos. Nevertheless, failing to provide your staff with

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A Strange Twist in Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Trial

In a strange twist in an already unusual case, the CEO of a Pennsylvania health system has been compelled to testify for the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice trial. Dr. David T. Feinberg, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, will testify in the case of Dr. Jennifer

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Telemedicine Is Saving Lives in Remote Areas of United States

An innovative telemedicine program in Salt Lake City, Utah is improving outcomes for acutely ill patients in several remote communities in the United States. With the aid of an audio-visual application based on Microsoft’s Skype for Business, critical care staff “examine” patients, speak with family members and consult with care

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Facilitating Advanced Care Planning Using Mortality Risk Assessment

As America’s population ages, advanced care planning is becoming an essential component of primary care. The Center for Medicare and Medicare Services recognized this fact in 2015, when it authorized two new billing codes that allow physicians and other health professionals to bill Medicare for advance care planning as a

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Possible Medical Malpractice Overhaul in Maine

On Feb. 9, 2016, a controversial new bill was introduced in the Maine legislature that could change how medical malpractice claims are handled in the state. The proposal would establish a state agency to adjudicate medical malpractice lawsuits, removing them from the judicial system entirely. The bill is opposed by

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Misdiagnosis & Medical Malpractice Claims

On Dec. 21, 2015, Barbara Dawson, 57, went to the Emergency Department of Liberty Calhoun Hospital in Blountstown, Florida, complaining of difficulty breathing and abdominal pain. Doctors at the hospital assessed and treated Mrs. Dawson and then told her to go home. When she refused, still complaining that she could

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