Category Archives: Medical Practices

When Buying a Practice, Change is Not in Your Best Interest

If you are a practitioner who just bought a practice, regardless of your specialty, the ultimate goal is to maintain the patients already in existence, as well as to drum up more business. We all know that patients have the … Continue reading

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Management Service Organizations in Healthcare: Pros & Pitfalls

What is a healthcare management service organization? Also referred to as an MSO, this type of organization generally provides practice management and administrative support services to healthcare practices.  

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Fee Splitting: Physicians, Take Heed

Fee splitting is when revenue is shared between physician and physician, or between a physician and a third party, based upon referral sources. For example: Physician A refers a patient to Physician B. Physician B makes a hundred dollars from … Continue reading

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Malpractice Insurance Policy: Are You Covered?

There are two different types of malpractice insurance policies: an occurrence policy and a claims-made policy. Understanding the difference, and knowing which one you have with your current employer, will help in understanding: The contract terms; What happens when you … Continue reading

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Protect Your Patients and Your Practice: Routine Consent Forms

Individual healthcare practitioners and practices start their doctor-patient relationships by requiring each patient to sign a consent form before the first date of treatment. This form essentially informs the patient of the type of treatment, the risks and benefits of … Continue reading

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2016 Year in Review: 3 Areas Every Healthcare Practitioner Needs to Know

If you have your own practice, there are certain areas that are pertinent to running your practice in an efficient manner. You should be aware of these areas and if not, you should be on the lookout for next year. … Continue reading

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HIPAA and Third-Party Contracts: What You Need to Know!

If you are a healthcare practitioner who falls under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as a covered entity, you must follow HIPAA rules and regulations when you contract with an outside third party vendor to help you … Continue reading

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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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What Can Providers Charge for Copies of Medical Records?

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals case—Carter v. Healthport Technologies, LLC—has established that healthcare practitioners and businesses need to be very careful on what they charge for providing copies of medical records to patients. Whether they are copying the medical … Continue reading

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