Two Surprising—But Common—Causes of EMTALA Violations The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is full of concepts that seem straightforward, so why are EMTALA violations so common for hospitals? Although EMTALA requirements are seemingly simple, they quickly get confusing when they’re applied to real More..
5 Tips for Compliant Copy and Paste Like most healthcare professionals, you’re short on time. That’s no surprise, since many practices must see more patients than ever just to stay afloat. That increased patient volume, plus burdensome documentation requirements, make it tempting to look for More..
Here are three things you should know about the potential changes to Stark law in the CMS-proposed rule. Get familiar with them now, and you’ll have less work to do when the rule is finalized. 3 Major Updates to Stark Law Coming Soon If you’re More..
When it comes to HIPAA security, are you sure your practice has it right? Many practices think they’ve got HIPAA-Compliance down to a science, but in reality, that’s just not the case. Why? With HIPAA, the devil is truly in the details. Almost all practices More..
The shift towards value-based payment continues to pick up speed, and now, primary care providers have a new value-based payment model to choose from. CMS recently announced two new, voluntary direct contracting pay models that providers can opt into beginning in 2020. These new models More..
You already know that privacy is important to your patients. But when it comes to treating substance use disorders, privacy and confidentiality is one of patients’ top concerns. That’s where 42 CFR Part 2 comes in: it goes above and beyond HIPAA to extend special More..
Does your hospital meet all of the Conditions of Participation (COP) for radiology and nuclear medicine? Because of the health risks involved in working with or being treated with these types of equipment or materials, you must strictly follow all of the COP requirements. If More..
If you’re anxiously awaiting the release of the latest CPT® code updates, you’re not alone. The updates, typically released in September, will take effect January 1st, 2020. That gives you plenty of time to study and implement the CPT® that affect your practice and/or specialty. More..
Wondering what your diet will look like in 2020 and beyond? You’ll soon find out, with the 2020-2025 dietary guidelines for Americans slated for release in 2020. Not only are the dietary guidelines a blueprint for a healthy diet, they are also a mechanism to More..
Twenty years ago, telehealth was more concept than reality, popular among visionaries but absent from most doctors’ offices. Today, telehealth is a rapidly growing industry changing the way practitioners and patients interact. The technology and the capabilities change almost daily. And then there are the More..