Protecting Your Reputation Online

Every doctor has to deal with unhappy patients from time to time.  The proliferation of social media websites such as Facebook, Yelp and Twitter, as well as doctor-specific rating sites like Healthgrades.com, Vitals.com and RateMDs.com have allowed unhappy patients the means to seriously damage your on-line reputation, regardless of the quality of services you provide or the merits of the complaint, and can have a devastating effect on your ability to grow your practice.

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 6 – HIPAA Enforcement

In our last two posts we’ve evaluated HIPAA’s Privacy Rule and the Security Rule/Breach Notification Rule, which outline your duties under HIPAA. In our final post in this series, we’re going to take a close look at what happens if you violate, those rules, whether intentionally or inadvertently.

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 5 – HIPAA Security and Breach Notification

In our last post we started our discussion of HIPAA, the federal law governing patient privacy, with a look at HIPAA’s Privacy Rule.  HIPAA is intended to impose nationwide standards on doctors in protecting patient privacy and pre-empts, or supersedes, any conflicting state laws.  Therefore, Arizona’s patient privacy laws largely defer to federal law on the issue.[1]

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 4 – HIPAA Privacy

In our recent posts we have looked at several regulatory systems that affect doctors: the disciplinary process, regulations related to the handling of prescription drugs, and OSHA regulations.  In the next three posts, we will look at a regulatory framework that has had a major impact on medical and dental practices, both in Arizona and throughout the country, over the last ten years: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  We will explain some of the most important components of HIPAA and walk you through the rules you must comply with to protect your patients’ privacy.

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 3 – OSHA

In our previous posts in this series, we looked at the discipline process as well as regulations surrounding the handling and prescribing of medication.  This post will focus on the workplace safety regulations applicable to doctors’ offices at both the state and federal level.

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 2 – Prescription Drugs

In our previous post, we looked at the disciplinary framework for dentists as a whole.  This post will look specifically at one topic that has increasingly resulted in discipline for both dentists and physicians alike over the last few years: narcotic pain medication prescriptions.

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Navigating the Regulatory Environment for Doctors Part 1 – Board Complaints

Title 32, Chapter 11 of the Arizona Revised Statutes and Title 4, Chapter 11 of the Arizona Administrative Code contain the laws, rules, and regulations that govern the practice of dentistry in the State of Arizona.  Understanding the scope of these laws and regulations, and how they affect both your clinical practice and business practices, is critical to building and growing a successful dental practice in Arizona.  We will provide a series of posts focusing on just a few of the most important statutes and regulations, beginning with the regulatory framework for disciplining doctors and the disciplinary process  administered through the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners.

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Estate Planning For Doctors – Cleaning Up A-B Trusts

Many doctors set up estate plans early in their career, then promptly forget about them to focus on building their practices and careers.  While that is certainly understandable, there have been changes in federal tax law over the past few years that can have a profound impact on your estate plan.

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Locum Tenens Contracts: What Doctors Need To Know

Overview

In recent years, locum tenens placements have grown substantially due to the critical shortage of healthcare providers in the United States.  Hospitals and clinics are increasingly turning to locum tenens physicians to fill the gaps in their staffing needs to maintain continuity of care and ensure patient access.

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After Graduation – Legal Tips for New Doctors

June is graduation season for new doctors in Arizona.  While graduating from medical or dental school is an enormous achievement, it may also be a time of uncertainty as you transition from the academic setting into your new career in the professional world.  The following are some legal and practical tips that might help you as you embark on your career.

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