How Your Medi-Spa May Be Inadvertently Violating Stark Law

How Your Medi-Spa May Be Inadvertently Violating Stark Law

An essential legal concern while operating, or first establishing, medical spas or integrative medicine facilities entails anti-kickbacks, self-referring clients, and fee-sharing with outside parties. Laws forbidding ill-gotten financial gains by physicians and physical therapists can be easily violated without willful intent. Section 1877 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 1395nn), also known as...

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3 Questions a Chiropractor Should Ask before Hiring a Physical Therapist

3 Questions a Chiropractor Should Ask before Hiring a Physical Therapist

Can a chiropractor hire a physical therapist? This question might seem simple, but it implicates a complex array of federal and state laws.  As healthcare practices continue to consolidate and merge, it’s also a question that we’re asked frequently.  Each client and each situation are different, and this post isn’t a substitute for personalized legal...

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Why your Notice of Privacy Practices alone doesn’t satisfy your HIPAA obligations

Why your Notice of Privacy Practices alone doesn’t satisfy your HIPAA obligations

We hear this question a lot. “I already have a Notice of Privacy Practices. Does that mean I don’t need the HIPAA policy you mentioned?” And the answer is always, without exception, a resounding no. A Notice of Privacy Practices document is not a substitute for written privacy policies and procedures, nor is it sufficient to satisfy...

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How to Ensure Your Texts & Emails Don’t Violate HIPAA: Connor Jackson guest blogs for WebPT

How to Ensure Your Texts & Emails Don’t Violate HIPAA: Connor Jackson guest blogs for WebPT

Patients and providers alike are relying upon text messages, social media, and email to communicate with or about patients’ healthcare. But this often places patients’ personal health information at risk, and these forms of communication may put providers in HIPAA’s crosshairs. Check out partner Connor Jackson’s latest guest blog for WebPT, and learn 10 tips...

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3 Things Mental Health Providers Should Know about Reporting Threats of Harm

3 Things Mental Health Providers Should Know about Reporting Threats of Harm

Responding to a threat of harm can require quick action, so it’s best to consider this issue when it is not an emergent question facing your practice.  Because the repercussions of reports can be unpredictable, the decision as to how to handle a threat of harm can be challenging.  The Tarasoff doctrine simultaneously recognizes mental health professionals’ duty to uphold their patients’ confidentiality and their duty to take action when a potential victim is at...

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Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

If the safety and quality of nursing home services decreases, elderly and disabled patients may seek an alternative means of care, such as that offered by in-home health.  Home health providers can provide the individualized care that patients and their families seek, and they can often significantly delay an individual’s transition into a full-time care...

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3 Things to Know about Concierge Medicine

3 Things to Know about Concierge Medicine

Hate watching your afternoon tick by on a waiting room clock? Disgusted by Susie Sniffles lobbing definitely-contagious sneezes in your direction? Already caught up on your entertainment news? If this describes you (or your patients!), you may be ready to jump on the concierge medicine...

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How and Why to Make Your Practice’s Website ADA-Accessible

How and Why to Make Your Practice’s Website ADA-Accessible

Before meeting you, many prospective patients use your website to learn about who you are and the services you provide. But even many healthcare providers erroneously assume that everyone sees and experiences their site in the same way. The key to crafting an accessible website design is overcoming that...

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