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How to Prepare for a Data Breach in Healthcare


By Michael Reph
Account Executive, Parker, Smith & Feek

By Ryan Roberts
Account Executive, Parker, Smith & Feek

As the number of data breaches continues to increase, understanding what is classified as secured, how to properly notify the appropriate parties, and what can be counted as an official breach is critical. For healthcare organizations, fiduciary responsibility of personally sensitive information storage is two-fold: (1) As a covered entity, for employee health plans, and personal data and (2) For third party liability of patients’ personal data. Read article
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Clinical Trial Participation: An Option That Can Benefit Many Provider Groups


By Cynthia B Blain, CPA, MBA, FACMPE
Director, Chief Operating Officer
Medic Management Group, LLC


Clinical Trials are an inventive way to bring several treatment options to a private physician practice that they would not otherwise have to offer. Most importantly it provides new therapy options to clinicians to offer to their patients. Providing cutting edge Clinical Trials offers patients and their families’ new approaches to their medical conditions as well as provide free treatment alternatives.  Read article
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Disturbing Trends in Enforcement Suggest Keeping Sales and Marketing In-House


By Richard S. Cooper, Esq.
Member
McDonald Hopkins LLC


Many health care providers utilize independent contractors who are paid on a commission basis to assist in the sales and marketing of their health care services. However, it is important to keep in mind that the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has raised concerns in the past regarding commission or per click payments made to independent contractor sales and marketing representatives. In fact, the OIG suggests that sales and marketing representatives who are paid on a commission or per click basis instead be employed as W-2 employees. Read article
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Health Care Providers Are Subject to Civil Liability When Employees Fail to Report the Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult


By Robert R. King
Member, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

In a recent decision, the Washington Supreme Court added yet another layer of potential civil liability by finding the existence of an implied cause of action against a health care provider whose employees allegedly failed to carry out their mandatory duty to report the suspected abuse of a vulnerable adult. Read article
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