Legal

Motivating Factors: Potential Drivers of Future EHR Adoption

The EHR adoption rate among physicians in the United States is high — greater than 80 percent, according to federal government data — but with federal meaningful use (MU) incentives drying up, what will it take to get the holdouts on board?


Time-stealing Recruitment Scams

Job recruitment scams are common, and even if savvy physicians and other healthcare workers pull back the moment a phony recruiter requests bank account information, they can’t recoup time lost pursuing non-existent positions.


Technological Acumen Increasingly Vital to Physician Success

Reinvention is the name of the game in medicine today, as expanded regulations force physicians to remain nimble in the face of constant change.


Tapping into Telemental Health to Address a Provider Shortage

Despite a number of barriers, industry observers and clinicians say telemental health is an effective method both for delivering care and dealing with the dearth of mental health service providers.


Protecting Patient Information in a Facebook World

Social media offer great potential for engaging with patients. But with Facebook, Twitter and other social media forming an integral part of both the professional and personal lives of high numbers of young medical professionals in particular, opportunities for disclosing protected health information (PHI) have multiplied.


Waiting Room Wi-Fi Access: Promise and Peril

Protecting patient information is the driving force behind HIPAA. However, with Wi-Fi access in physician office waiting rooms offering the prospect of increased patient satisfaction, practice management teams may want to consider furnishing that amenity — so long as it’s properly separated from servers that store patient data.


Covering the Bases: Addressing Medical Practices’ Subtler Insurance Needs

Malpractice insurance is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to protecting your practice. Other types of coverage may be less obvious but are no less important.


Communication Breakdown

C. Richard Patterson, MD, is unhappy with hospital executives. Writing for the healthcare leadership blog High Stakes (JarrardInc.com) in October 2014, Dr. Patterson chastised execs for their tendency to treat communication channels as mechanisms to dictate information and change physician...


Legal Implications of 
Minimally 
Invasive Surgery

The era of minimally invasive surgery has produced notable advantages in terms of length of stay, patient morbidity and scarring, but minimally invasive surgery has its own set of complications, which patients need to understand. 


What Is Physician Medical Identity Theft?

It's one of the fastest-growing types of ID theft, and it can involve a patient’s health information or a physician’s professional identifiers.