Legal Risks of Sharing Patient Photos in Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

Legal Risks of Sharing Patient Photos in Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

Testimonials from real patients are some of the most compelling marketing tools available. For that reason, and because of the ubiquity with which potential patients ask about your results, it is common for your success stories to adorn your dermatology or cosmetic surgery practice’s website. Powerful before-and-after photos of a dermatological or aesthetic transformation build...

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Mouth Open, Lips Sealed: 5 Five HIPAA Tips for Dentists

Mouth Open, Lips Sealed: 5 Five HIPAA Tips for Dentists

If you are a dentist, you already understand the importance of HIPAA’s mandate that you safely store and protect your patients’ personal health information (PHI). While the main goal of HIPAA is to keep patients’ private information secure, it is equally important to take proactive steps to prevent potential breaches of data and unauthorized access...

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You’ve Been Served: A Mental Health Provider’s Guide to Records Requests

You’ve Been Served: A Mental Health Provider’s Guide to Records Requests

Mental health providers engage with highly confidential health information on a daily basis. From our experience, psychiatrists and therapists also tend to be sensitive to the information in their patient records and very HIPAA-literate.  For these reasons, a police request or court order for patient records can be stressful and confusing. Who has the right...

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“Don’t Tell My Mom”: A Guide to HIPAA Compliance for Minor Patients

“Don’t Tell My Mom”: A Guide to HIPAA Compliance for Minor Patients

As a healthcare provider, when a minor patient approaches you and pleads, “Don’t tell my mom,” abiding by your patient’s wishes is anything but simple. In fact, HIPAA offers no protection to minors and requires healthcare providers to release a minor patient’s medical records to the child’s parent or guardian when requested. This guide to...

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5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

Most of us cannot go more than 10 minutes without checking our Twitter or Facebook feeds for updates. Healthcare professionals are no different. If you are a healthcare provider, you need to be extra careful when it comes to sharing information that might be protected under HIPAA and other medical privacy laws. Here are five...

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What U.S. Healthcare Providers Need to Know About GDPR

What U.S. Healthcare Providers Need to Know About GDPR

Over the past few months, you probably noticed the deluge of emails from major companies informing you of changes to their online privacy policies. This was largely in response to the European Union’s (EU) adoption of its new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which took effect on May 25, 2018. What is GDPR? Does it...

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5 Things to Do Before Buying a Healthcare Practice

5 Things to Do Before Buying a Healthcare Practice

#1 – Review the books. Personally evaluate all liabilities and assets. This helps you understand how much business is necessary to sustain the practice, how adequately (or inadequately) employees are compensated, whether patient accounts are sent to collections, and whether the practice is something in which you want to invest. With the books in front...

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5 Lessons from the ATI Physical Therapy HIPAA Breach

5 Lessons from the ATI Physical Therapy HIPAA Breach

Earlier this month, ATI Physical Therapy in Illinois submitted a HIPAA breach notification to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An IT-related breach compromised the protected health information (“PHI”) of 35,136 patients.  In January, ATI discovered that some employees’ direct deposit information had been altered, and it subsequently launched a forensic investigation into...

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