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law enforcement patient record requests

In addition to requests for patient information from patients, other providers, or insurance companies, your practice may need to respond to law enforcement patient record information requests  Isn’t patient privacy protected by law? Yes, back in 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was introduced to protect patients’ privacy. However, additional legislation allows medical providers to release patient information for law enforcement or intelligence purposes....

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opportunity cost

What is the opportunity cost of responding to patient record requests? We’ve been dealing with HIPPA for many years now. While patients do have a right to see their medical records, as providers, we’re bound by regulations on how to respond, timeframes, and what we can charge. Some records can be hundreds of pages long, which includes a lot of paper and toner. However, you...

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recruitment and retention

Recruitment and retention are critical to the success of your practice. You need the best clinical and office staff available to make your practice run smoothly and provide expert services to your patients. However, recruiting and retaining talent in the health care industry has a unique set of challenges that physicians need to deal with when hiring both clinical and office staff for their practices....

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When you chose to pursue a career in medicine, you may have been thinking about saving lives or helping patients to improve or protect their health and wellness. However, nearly half of American physicians own their practices, making them business owners as well as providers.   For as rigorous and thorough as medical school is, they don’t teach you how to run your practice or deal...

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  Since 2012, medical practices across the country have been transitioning to electronic medical records (EMR). While EMR systems should standardize and simplify patient-record keeping and sharing, the wide variety of available programs and inconsistent interpretations of how the patient records should be kept and shared are creating headaches for physicians and patients alike.   Why EMR?   Progress is inevitable. Even if you liked old paper records, everything in...

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