Caution: Remain Conscious of HIPAA When Responding to a Negative Yelp Review

While there may be some compelling reasons not to respond to a negative Yelp review at all, if you do respond, tread carefully so that you do not violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Physicians, dentists, and other health care providers have disclosed protected health information about their patients or their treatment […]

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Telemedicine is Transforming Health Care

Telemedicine is finally revolutionizing health care due to faster internet connections, smart phones, webcams, phone, email, and new devices that transit key vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs to health care providers. While there are many benefits, which include allowing for better health care by Doctors Without Borders in […]

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Failure to Sign a Business Associate Agreement Can be a Costly Mistake

A fairly widespread problem is that health care providers are not entering into Business Associate Agreements with every vendor or service provider to which they provide protected heath information, including electronic medical record providers. Raleigh Orthopedic Clinic of North Carolina was recently fined $750,000.00 for disclosing protected health information on 17,300 patients to a potential […]

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Texas Secretary of State Publishes DSO Registration Forms

Last year the Texas Legislature instituted a new requirement that all Texas-based dental support organizations (“DSO”) register with the Texas Secretary of State’s Office (“SOS”). A DSO provides nonclinical services to dental practices including administrative and financial services. This registration requirement aims to increase oversight and increased scrutiny by the state over DSOs. The SOS […]

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A new perspective on dealing with negative Yelp reviews.

You provided great medical and customer service to your patient and yet you received an unreasonable or illegitimate negative review on Yelp. Don’t immediately respond, and consider not responding at all in most cases. Addressing and responding to legitimate complaints and issues is important and may result in a positive resolution; However, more often than […]

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A New Beginning for Failed Luxury Physician-Owned Hospital Forest Park Medical Center Dallas?

The lead creditor in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding of Forest Park Medical Center Dallas, Sabra Health Care REIT, announced the planned sale of the hospital to HCA Holdings for $135 million. The sale is subject to approval by the bankruptcy judge in the proceeding, but it is anticipated to close by June 30, 2016. […]

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