Regulatory & Compliance

Rotating Inspectors at Medical Device Plants May Reduce Recalls

Less familiarity between FDA investigators and management at medical device manufacturing plants may mean fewer recalls down the road, research in the journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management suggests.


Spouses and International Locum Tenens Work

You took the leap: You signed on to a locum tenens position overseas.


Keeping Leases on the Level

Healthcare organizations considering leasing space to providers who may refer patients to those organizations should keep one eye on the Anti-kickback Statute, which forbids certain practices that may spur referrals.

Here are just a few of the provisions, as spelled out by...


A Push for Drug Price Transparency

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in 2015 suggested nearly three-fourths of Americans consider drug prices unjustifiably high. Citing concerns about negative perceptions of drug pricing, the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians recently offered recommendations...


Product Spotlight

Paint Shield

The CDC estimates that one in 25 patients in a U.S. hospital on any given day has a healthcare-associated infection (HAI), and most HAIs take place outside the ICU.

Sherwin-Williams has introduced Paint Shield, a paint that kills more than 99.9 percent of bacteria such as...


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.


What’s New in the Second Phase of OCR HIPAA Audits

The second phase of HIPAA audits is now in process. In 2012, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) completed the first phase of audits. Phase 1 was a pilot program to assess covered entity compliance with HIPAA. OCR developed enhanced audit protocols based on its experience in Phase 1. These protocols will be used to conduct the Phase 2 audits.


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.


Fostering Patient-physician Relationships in an Era of Retail Clinics

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has outlined some best practices for increasingly popular retail clinics — while stressing the importance of relationships between patients and primary care 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.