The Obama administration has made healthcare fraud cases a top priority for the past five years. In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius established an interagency task force, the Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team, to increase coordination and optimize civil and criminal enforcement. […]
Category Archives: Compliance
Most physicians are technologically savvy and provide quality healthcare in today’s cutting-edge, fast-paced practice of medicine. While you are likely taking precautions to protect your practice, there are privacy risks that may not be so apparent.
NATALIE MCSHERRY Practicing physicians should make sure to avoid licensing issues and potential disciplinary actions from the Maryland Board of Physicians by taking a few simple measures. Failure to follow these steps could result in drastic consequences for your practice. The Board is composed of 22 members, 14 of whom are practicing licensed physicians (including […]
In the second decade of the 21st century, many healthcare providers are struggling to decide whether or not to accept patients who have Medicaid. A key issue is the provider’s ability to ensure compliance with its myriad reimbursement regulations.
MARC COHEN | SARAH C.J. NADIV Do you understand your reporting duties when you suspect that child abuse has occurred? This article provides a simplified overview of the reporting requirements for physicians and other health practitioners. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Maryland’s Medical Records Confidentiality Act, and professional ethics all require that […]
In Maryland and elsewhere in the U.S., health reform and other factors are fueling the trend toward hospital employment of physicians. Consider these issues If you are considering the sale of your practice to a hospital.
Pro-active use of social media can provide myriad benefits to a medical practice, and a little bit of careful planning and implementation can help avoid many of the potential legal pitfalls.
Small private medical practices should know which provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act taking effect January 1, 2014, may affect the health insurance plan currently offered to their staff.
By: Neal M. Brown and Nicole A. McCarus Responding to the Maryland Medical Licensing Boards: Your medical license is your livelihood and every inquiry from a licensing board is a “big deal.” Licensing boards have almost unfettered authority to investigate, prosecute and impact your ability to practice medicine in Maryland. How you respond to a […]
The HiTech Act in 2009 set in motion a series of changes to the HIPAA rules. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) most recent HIPAA regulation response was issued March 26, 2013.