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Social Coupons For Medical Services Violate State Law

Social coupons

According to the most recent legal opinion of the Legal Division of the California State Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), online marketing discount contracts for medical services violate state law. Internet marketing companies, such as Groupon and Living Social, contract with businesses to promote discounted products and services. These companies determine the customers to whom Read more

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Hiring a Billing Company – Compliance Plan (Part 3)

Hiring a Billing Company

Does the Billing Company Have a Compliance Plan? One of the most important components of doing your due diligence in hiring a billing company is to ensure that they have an active compliance plan. In fact, having a compliance plan should be a hiring requirement. Having a compliance plan is imperative and, at the least, Read more

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Hiring a Billing Company – Pricing Guideline And Contract Terms (Part 2)

Hiring a Billing Company

Pricing Guideline In “Hiring a Billing Company – Due Diligence (Part 1)” we discussed the steps in determining a suitable billing company for your practice. One key point in deciding the best fit is to ensure that you are going to save money and also increase your revenue. At this stage of your due diligence Read more

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Hiring a Billing Company – Due Diligence (Part 1)

Hiring a Billing Company

Are you looking for ways to improve the efficiency of your billing and increase your bottom line? A medical billing service could be the answer. Many physicians already look to medical billing companies for assistance with their billing and collection functions. Most billing companies offer billing and collection services, plus a wide range of other Read more

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NEW! HIPAA Changes – Are You Compliant?

HIPAA Compliance

On January 17, 2013, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued the long-anticipated final omnibus amendments to the Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These amendments became effective as of March 26, 2013, and compliance with applicable Read more

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Can You eMail or FAX Your Patient Information Under HIPAA?

HIPAA Compliance

We receive a lot of questions about patient privacy in regards to the use of email, the internet, or fax to communicate patient information. Under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), you can use all of the above means to communicate electronic Patient Health Information (e-PHI) as long as the network or transmission mode Read more

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3 Compliance Areas Under Scrutiny

Scrutiny of doctors by the government

As efforts to combat fraud, waste, and abuse intensify, the government is increasing its scrutiny of medical practices. This is a busy time for compliance and it will only get busier. The government has put forth many initiatives to fight fraud and abuse. The following three initiatives for medical practices to watch for: 1. Overpayments. Read more

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Do You Need a Business Associate Agreement for a Web-based Scheduling Software?

HIPAA Compliance

Q: Do you need to have a business associate agreement with your online appointment scheduling service? A: Yes. In a recent case, a physician group in Arizona reached a $100,000 settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In addition, the group had to take corrective action to implement policies and procedures Read more

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