January 9th, 2017


Introducing Medical Mutual’s Updated Self Risk Assessment

We understand that finding time for risk management in a busy medical practice can be a challenge. That’s why Medical Mutual has completely overhauled our online Self Risk Assessment tool. Now, practice managers and physicians have more information about risk factors than before, and they can get that information with far less effort—allowing them to […]

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Have You Recently Updated Your Business Associate Agreement?

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Civil Rights announced in September that Care New England Health System agreed to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules. Learn why and how business associate agreements should be updated to include assurances that associates are meeting updated HIPAA Privacy and Security rules.

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November 3rd, 2016


Alert: Settlement Demands on Health Care Providers From Bankruptcy Estate of Health Diagnostic Laboratory

Find out what you need to know about a Virginia law firm telling providers they need to pay to settle HDL’s bankruptcy.

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November 3rd, 2016


Bankruptcy Court Sanctions Hospital for Proof of Claim Snafu

Learn more about a recent decision from a federal Bankruptcy Court in North Carolina emphasizing the need for proper training for people—including healthcare providers—filing proofs of claim on behalf of anyone providing consumer credit.

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November 3rd, 2016


2015 PQRS Feedback Reports and Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports Now Available!

The 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System Feedback Reports and Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports were released on September 26 and are now available to your practice.

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November 3rd, 2016


Gender Discrimination Prohibited Under PPACA: A New Rule

Medical Mutual’s Scott Jones outlines the details of the new final rule on Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, on gender discrimination.

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November 3rd, 2016


Dealing with Negative Reviews Online: What Can I Do Other Than Sue?

What can you do to protect your reputation online? In the final article of a three-part series, Amanda Martin, a media lawyer with Stevens Martin Vaughn & Tadych, PLLC, discusses alternatives to litigation when facing an online attack.

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November 3rd, 2016


Claims Case Review: Make sure your practice has a policy for documentation of code situations

The patient, a 68-year-old male with a history of hypertension, GERD, ETOH abuse, and colon polyps, underwent a colectomy and exploratory laparotomy for a sessile tubulovillous colon polyp and multiple polyps in the colon.

Read the full story for key takeaways and the outcome of this case.

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November 3rd, 2016


HR|Experts Update: Being a Manager Is Not for Everyone, and That Is Okay!

It may surprise you to learn that not everybody is cut out to be a manager. In fact, managerial talent is quite rare, and organizations typically have a hard time finding it.

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November 3rd, 2016


HR|Experts E-Alert: When Must Employers Seek a Religious Accommodation Regarding a Personal Appearances Policy?

Unless it would be an undue hardship on an employer’s operation of its business, an employer must reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices. Read the November HR|Experts E-Alert to learn more.

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November 3rd, 2016


Kim Harrah Becker Volunteer Award

Recently, Medical Mutual and the NCMGMA lost Kim Harrah, a beloved employee and NCMGMA member and board member, when she passed away after a two-year battle with colon cancer. Medical Mutual CEO Dale Jenkins honored Kim’s vibrant spirit and true dedication in his presentation of the inaugural Kim Harrah Beck Volunteer Award at a dinner hosted at the M3 Conference. Read the full story to view of a video of the presentation.

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November 3rd, 2016


North Carolina Medical Group Management Association Names Michelle Wallace, CMPE, 2016 Administrator of the Year

Michelle Wallace, CMPE, Practice Manager for Gastroenterology Associates of the Piedmont (GAP), was named the 2016 NCMGMA/Medical Mutual Administrator of the Year during the Merging Medicine and Management (M3) Conference in September.

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July 19th, 2016


Dealing with Negative Reviews Online: Should I Sue?

In Amanda Martin’s last article, Dealing with Negative Reviews Online: What Does It Take to Win a Libel Suit?, she described how to evaluate the viability of a lawsuit for libel, but that doesn’t answer the question of whether you should bring suit. There are many factors at play, including who you might sue and what results you seek.

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July 19th, 2016


Why the Changing Landscape of Websites and ADA Compliance is Important to Your Practice

Healthcare providers are accustomed to deadlines – deadlines to employ HIPAA forms; deadlines to integrate electronic healthcare records; deadlines to comply with Medicare reform. Are you aware of the upcoming deadline to make your website ADA-compliant?

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July 19th, 2016


Do Physicians Compare?

The CMS Internet Site Physician Compare was promulgated under Section 10331 (a)(1) of PPACA, mandating development of an Internet site that can be used by the public to identify and compare physicians. All physicians who are enrolled in the Medicare program, or who report measures under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), are identified on the site.

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