January 30th, 2019

The Importance of Chaperones in a Medical Setting

An overview of why practices use medical chaperones during physical examinations and guidelines for an effective chaperone policy.

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December 18th, 2018

HIPAA Settlement Reminds Practices to Avoid Public Response to Patient Complaints

Issue reinforces the need for maintaining patient privacy even when asked for a public response.

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November 9th, 2018

Federal Government Makes Key Changes to Physician Payment Policies

CMS finalized a new policy that changes the way practices are compensated for evaluation and management services.

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November 5th, 2018

DOJ Opioids Task Force Creates Risks for Prescribers

An attorney from our outside counsel network discusses the implications of the federal spotlight on opioid prescribing practices and how physicians can protect themselves.

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July 25th, 2017

What Providers Need to Know About New Jersey’s Chaperone Policy

One of our New Jersey defense attorneys offers guidance for physicians and practices about that state’s law regulating sensitive provider/patient interactions.

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April 3rd, 2017

Virginia Adopts New Regulations on Opioid and Buprenorphine Prescribing

The emergency regulations create specific requirements for physicians and other prescribers.

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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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June 30th, 2014

IRS Ruling Makes Employers Reconsider Health Insurance Strategy

Employers who thought they could send employees to a health insurance exchange with a tax-free contribution need to think again. Dropping group health insurance in favor of individual policies could end up costing employers up to $36,500 a year ($100 a day) in tax penalties per employee.

A ruling by the IRS released in May blocks some employers’ efforts to dump employees into exchanges. One of the advantages of group health insurance is that contributions by the employer and employee towards premiums is non-taxable. But taking the same amount of money employers contribute, allocating it to be used by employees to purchase individual coverage, and still realizing the tax benefit will run afoul of the Affordable Care Act.

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April 15th, 2012

Providers Beware: North Carolina Medicaid Re-Enrollment Process Contains Traps for the Unwary

BY PATRICIA A. MARKUS, J.D. Is your practice considering enrolling for the first time in the North Carolina Medicaid program, or has it been three years since you last submitted a North Carolina Medicaid enrollment application? If so, read the following article very carefully before you finalize and submit your application to CSC, the Enrollment, […]

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September 15th, 2011

SB 33: A Political Process that Worked

BY LISA BANKER, MD, FACP Important medical liability reform is finally law in North Carolina. It wasn’t easy. Early this year, the North Carolina Senate began to discuss Senate Bill 33. Six full, consecutive committee hearings were devoted to discussion, debate, amendment, and refinement. This is all the more impressive when I am told that […]

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July 15th, 2009

Stimulus 101: The $19 Billion Healthcare IT Giveaway and How Your Practice Can Benefit

BY LEIGH BURCHELL, DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, ALLSCRIPTS When President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act on February 17, 2009, his primary goal was to stimulate the lagging U.S. economy. But by signing the “stimulus bill” into law, Obama also provided the means for every physician in America to affordably enter the […]

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October 15th, 2008

Newly Proposed Physician Profiling Rules in North Carolina: Why You Should Be Concerned and What You Can Do

BY JERRY A. ALLEN, JR., WALKER, CLARK, ALLEN, GRICE & AMMONS, L.L.P. Things continue to change at the North Carolina Medical Board. Over the past year, the Board has sought and obtained greater authority from the Legislature in several areas. The recent legislative changes include amendments to the Medical Practice Act (House Bill 818). The […]

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July 15th, 2006

Tort Reform Update

by Stephanie Hawco, Executive Director, Protect Health Care Now The battle for medical liability reform took an important step forward in April. The House Select Committee on Health Care voted to intro- duce four medical liability reform bills during the legislative session that began in May. The committee proposed the following reforms: Periodic Payment of […]

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