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Can You eMail or FAX Your Patient Information Under HIPAA?

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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Should You Hire a Practice Consultant?

A healthcare consultant for your practice can be valuable to you at any stage of your career. But before you hire a consultant, ask yourself if you are willing to dedicate the necessary time to implement change. Are you ready to sacrifice some of your professional and personal life to make some changes? Are you Read more

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10 Zig Ziglar Motivational Quotes

Zig Ziglar was one of the most influential motivational speakers of our time. Unfortunately, he is no longer with us. He passed away last year at the age of 86. Luckily, he left us over two dozen books to influence us. I always liked his common sense quotes. The following are 10 quotes that will Read more

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Are You Ready to Apply for ObamaCare?

Starting January 1, 2014, ObamaCare mandates that you obtain health insurance coverage. This is not a suggestion. The law says virtually all Americans must carry health insurance, although most will just keep the coverage they now have through their jobs, Medicare or Medicaid. To obtain insurance you have two ways to apply–paper form and online. Read more

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2013 Coding Changes That Affect Your Patient Visits

The American Medical Association (AMA) made 650 CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) code changes in 2013 . The changes are effective with January 1, 2013, dates of service. Of all the new CPT changes, there were 82 Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes in the range 99201-99467. This article describes the changes in the E/M category. Evaluation Read more

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How Honest Are Physicians?

Gallup conducted a poll on Americans’ views of 22 professions on the perceived honesty and ethical standards of these professions. Survey respondents rated each profession on a 5-point honesty and ethical scale ranging from “very high” to “very low”. The results ranged from 85% who rated nurses’ ethics and honesty as very high or high Read more

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