Category Archives: Compliance

Medical Cannabis FAQs

Medical cannabis can offer relief for patients undergoing chemotherapy

By Joseph T. Kelley, III, Esquire Experts project that serving patients under the Maryland medical cannabis law will begin in the spring or summer of 2017. Although physicians play a key role in the law, many physicians remain reluctant to participate. As of late July, only about 145 physicians had registered in the program. Common […]

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Can Your Practice Survive a Medicare Enrollment Screening?


Surprisingly few physicians understand the risk of a Medicare revocation of their billing privileges. Learn how to avoid this increasingly costly mistake.

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Enhancing Your Medical Practice with Telehealth Services and Technology

elehealth uses remote healthcare technology to evaluate, diagnose and monitor patients and electronically prescribe medications

By Randi Kopf, RN, MS, JD The use of healthcare technology (often referred to as telemedicine, telehealth, eHealth or eHealthcare) has provided clinical medicine services and performed remote robotic surgery with the surgeon in the U.S. and their patient on the other side of the world for over 30 years. Yet many physicians are not […]

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Working With Older Patients: What Physicians Need to Know About Legal Capacity


TERRY DOUGLAS, ATTORNEY In 2015, an estimated 238,000 people living in Maryland, DC and Virginia have Alzheimer’s. Chances are that some of them are your patients. When no clear instructions are in place, a conflict can arise between physicians, the aging patient’s wishes, and his or her adult children. Two examples of scenarios that may […]

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Physician Practices Should Brace for HIPAA Compliance Audits


JENNIFER SEARFOSS, JD, CMPE The second phase of the HIPAA audit program will begin sometime in 2015. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within the US Department of Health and Human Services is the enforcement agency for breaches of protected health information (PHI). In light of the very public hacks and cyber terrorism acts against […]

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Open Payments/Sunshine Act Year Two: Guidance for Physicians  


THEODORE M. “TED” DOOLITTLE  On June 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the first full-year report of payments to physicians from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Physicians who want to review their data before publication can register with CMS. These data are being published pursuant to the Sunshine Act […]

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False Claims Act Investigations: Ten Best Practices for Complying with DOJ Subpoenas

Medicine law concept. Gavel and stethoscope on book close up

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. […]

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Don’t Be a HIPAA-CRIT: Are You Unintentionally Exposing Your Practice?

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.

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How to Stay on the “Right” Side of the Maryland Board of Physicians

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 […]

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Avoiding Billing Pitfalls in the Age of the ACA

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.

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