What Veterinarians Need to Know About Telehealth

What Veterinarians Need to Know About Telehealth

Telehealth is an emerging and exciting opportunity for veterinary practices in Illinois, but one that presents legal, ethical, and technological challenges. If your practice is thinking about offering telehealth, telemedicine, or mobile health services to its patients, it is important that you consider these challenges before you start, so you can build compliance into your...

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Sexual Harassment in Healthcare in the #MeToo Era

Sexual Harassment in Healthcare in the #MeToo Era

Generally, an employer is not liable for harassment if the employer takes reasonable steps to discover and rectify incidences of sexual harassment within the workplace. In healthcare, this can mean harassment of or at the hands of either employees or patients. Conversely, employers are liable for sexual harassment when the employer does little or nothing...

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Laser Treatment at the Medspa: The Rules on Physician Delegation and Oversight in Illinois

Laser Treatment at the Medspa: The Rules on Physician Delegation and Oversight in Illinois

Ablative and non-ablative laser treatments for skin rejuvenation are some of the most common and popular services available at medical spas. Because these procedures are considered the practice of medicine in Illinois, only physicians have the legal authority to perform them. However, qualified non-physician personnel may provide laser treatment services, if delegated and supervised by...

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New Illinois Laws to Know for 2019

New Illinois Laws to Know for 2019

It’s a new year, and that means a host of new laws take effect in Illinois. We reviewed them and summarized the ones most likely to impact your healthcare practice. As the new year begins, many laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly also take effect. Over 250 new laws become effective on January 1st,...

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Does HIPAA apply to you? You might not be compliant.

Does HIPAA apply to you? You might not be compliant.

“HIPAA doesn’t apply to me.” We hear it all the time. But are you willing to bet your practice’s future and your patients’ trust on that? HIPAA sets national requirements for the privacy and security of patient records. It tells you what information you must protect, how you should protect it, and what to do...

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How to Open a Medical Spa (Medspa) if You’re Not a Physician

How to Open a Medical Spa (Medspa) if You’re Not a Physician

Medical spas are a growing business within healthcare, and that many non-physician entrepreneurs are eager to participate in that growth. While there are ways for non-physicians to participate in this industry, it’s crucial that medical services are offered only by physicians or physician-owned entities. By creating an MSO and entering into an MSA with the...

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Medical Marijuana Laws Changing in Illinois

Medical Marijuana Laws Changing in Illinois

Illinois’ medical marijuana laws recently saw dramatic changes. Stay abreast of how the new law impacts your practice. Be sure that you’re also tuned into how you can (legally and ethically) integrate these therapies into patient care! This past summer, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a new measure that will change the way...

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What Your Attorney Didn’t Tell You about Your New Healthcare Practice

What Your Attorney Didn’t Tell You about Your New Healthcare Practice

Do you have a HIPAA plan? A corporate compliance plan? You might be surprised to learn that your new healthcare practice is not up-to-par when it comes to healthcare regulations. Here are four common healthcare startup mistakes that your startup attorney may have overlooked. Launching a new healthcare practice involves a long list of legal...

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How Can a Private Practice Healthcare Clinic Help Achieve Health Equity?

How Can a Private Practice Healthcare Clinic Help Achieve Health Equity?

Health equity means that patients’ social, economic, or cultural demographics do not determine their ability to access quality healthcare. While public clinics have made strides toward improving the accessibility of care, many private healthcare practices have overlooked simple ways to do their part in addressing this critical problem. What is health equity? The American Public...

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Fast facts about the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

Fast facts about the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

If you’ve never heard of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), you’re not alone. But Illinois has some of the strictest laws about how biometric information is collected, protected, and used — and violations can carry hefty fines. Many healthcare providers and practices collect and share biometric information without recognizing this legal quagmire. For...

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