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Keys to Success for HIPAA Compliance

The HIPAA Compliance, or The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standards to ensure the protection of sensitive patient data. Covered entities, such as healthcare insurance providers and healthcare providers, are expected to comply with the HIPAA. The same goes for business associates that use Patient Health Information or PHI. The key to success for HIPAA compliance requires adherence to these requirements:

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HIPAA Violation Examples You Should Know

With fines for HIPAA violations reaching as high as $50,000 per occurrence, medical practices need to ensure that they are always HIPAA compliant. Since HIPAA regulations are complex and can change from year to year, it can be difficult to stay updated on the latest rules and the most common violations. Ensuring that your personnel are well-trained in HIPAA compliance and understand which violations occur often, can help protect your practice from violations. Here are some of the most common HIPAA violati...

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What Bill SB-642 Could Mean for Healthcare Businesses

Gavel sitting on top of a wooden pad A new proposed bill in California is currently pending and will undergo examination until it gets approved or not. If approved, California’s SB-642 would implement changes that could devastate many California healthcare businesses. Many healthcare facilities believe t...

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What Are Grounds for a Pharmacy Malpractice Claim?

As a pharmacy owner or pharmacist, you have a key role ensuring the health and lives of patients by properly administering medication. However, various errors like reading a prescription incorrectly or mixing up labels can result in a patient suffering serious harm or, in some cases, death. In such unfortunate cases, patients or their families may be compelled to file a lawsuit against your pharmacy or pharmacist(s) to recover damages. It’s important to understand how evidence of negligence by the pharmacist needs to be constructed for someone to successfully file a pharmacy malpractice c...

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4 Examples of Pharmaceutical Malpractice

Organizations like the DEA or The California State Board of Pharmacy can classify an occurrence as pharmaceutical malpractice when a pharmaceutical error or negligence leads to critical injury, hospitalization, or death. As a pharmacy owner or pharmacist, it is crucial to understand what can cause pharmaceutical malpractice in order to avoid harming your patients and facing adverse action against your facility or license. Let’s review several categories of pharmaceutical malpractice in an effort to a...

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Consequences of Losing a Hospice Fraud Claim

If you work in the hospice industry, it is vital to understand all the rules and regulations concerning hospice fraud. An accidental error could lead to a hospice fraud accusation, which can bring major, broadly categorized consequences, including huge financial penalties, a knock on reputation, and a loss of other resources, such as time. Note that the extent and scale of these consequences will depend on your situation, and you should consult an experienced attorney to assist with your hospice fraud case. Whether it is a kickback scheme, backchanneling with beneficiaries, providing an unnece...

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3 Types of Hospice Fraud You Must Know

If you work in the hospice care industry, it is vital to be aware of what can be considered hospice fraud. Hospice fraud is a broad term, so it is essential to have an understanding of how it can be defined so you can defend against a hospice fraud accusation. Hospice fraud can be classified into a few different categories. These categories include billing fraud, improper care/abuse and kickbacks. Here are the types of hospice fraud you should know and why you should ensure they are not present at your hospice.

Billing Fraud

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Physicians Have Access to HHS Provider Relief Fund – Portal Now Open

The $175 billion CARES Act Provider Relief Fund will allow healthcare providers, including physicians, to potentially receive relief funds as part of a new round of $20 billion funding. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will determine which providers can access $20 billion based on 2018 net patient revenue percentages from ALL payors including, but not limited to, Medicare fee-for-service payments. The funds are grants and will not need to be repaid.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued direct ...

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California Health Care Entities Must Report Patient Allegations of Sexual Abuse or Sexual Misconduct

Introduced last February, and effective January 1, 2020, California's SB 425 adds Section 805.8 to the California Business & Professions Code requiring “health care facilities” and “other entities” to report any allegations of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct against a clinician to the appropriate California licensing boards, such as the Medical Board of California, within 15 days of receiving the allegation. Failure to report can result in fines of up to $50,...

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Nick Jurkowitz and Summer Main Appointed to the Joint LACBA-LACMA Biomedical Ethics Committee

The firm is pleased to announce that Nick Jurkowitz and Summer Main have been appointed to the Joint Los Angeles County Bar Association-Los Angeles County Medical Association Biomedical Ethics Committee. The committee reviews issues of biomedical ethics involving the treatment of patients, and will propose guidelines or suggest an alternative approach when dealing with such problems. Nick and Summer will serve on the committee for LACBA’s 2019-2020 bar year....

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