Category Archives: Law

How Does a Practitioner Remove a Patient from Their Practice Legally?

There are many reasons for dismissing a patient from your practice. This may involve a patient that has been with you for many years or not that long, but someone who you feel is disruptive; or there has been a … Continue reading

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A Court Case All Medical Practitioners Should Know About

Practitioners and their support staff have become very familiar with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) over the years, but as a recent ruling shows, the law continues to evolve.

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Can Medical Practitioners Be Held Liable To a 3rd Party?

Earlier this year, the New York Court of Appeals—the state’s highest court—ruled that physicians and healthcare practitioners could be found liable to third parties. In Davis v. South Nassau Communities Hospital, 2015 N.Y. Slip Op. 09229 (December 16, 2015), the … Continue reading

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Cybersecurity 101: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know

From a legal perspective, cybersecurity means that all confidential information, including patient health information (PHI), in a healthcare provider’s database or server is protected, confidential, and completely compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In order to … Continue reading

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Is an E-Signature Legally Binding?

{2:55 minutes to read} With the increase in business conducted electronically, it is now possible to sign documents electronically. Electronic signatures are accepted on more and more documents, thanks to the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act of 1999. But they are … Continue reading

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Proceed With Caution: What Physicians Need to Know Upon Receipt of a Subpoena

{4:00 minutes to read} Upon receiving a subpoena, an attorney can help physicians proceed properly by providing detailed clarification and explanations while concurrently minimizing precarious errors. Before responding to a subpoena, it is important that physicians are aware of how … Continue reading

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Websites, Social Media and HIPAA — Do You Know the Requirements?

{4:40 minutes to read} In this article, I will discuss the requirements for websites & social media to be HIPAA-compliant. As healthcare practitioners already know, the goal of the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is to … Continue reading

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My Facebook Page Can Be Used As Evidence?! I Wish Someone Had Told Me!

{3:40 minutes to read} Twitter. Instagram. Facebook. LinkedIn. Public social media sites are prolific, and their use is increasing in our society. Almost everyone has some type of profile on a social media platform. Sharing information has become as commonplace … Continue reading

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Understanding HIPAA: Is Your Practice a Covered Entity?

{2:45 to read} Many healthcare providers are subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA); however, these laws do not apply to everyone. HIPAA relates to covered entities or business associates acting on behalf of a covered entity, … Continue reading

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Steps to Take to Avoid a Potential Lawsuit by a Patient

{3:15 minutes to read} When running a practice, the practitioner may be presented with the situation where a patient becomes so dissatisfied or so unhappy with their treatment that they ultimately threaten to file a lawsuit against them. Although there … Continue reading

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