Healthcare regulations seem to grow more complex with every passing year. Doctors are expected to know, and comply with, an alphabet soup of federal statutes and associated regulations governing everything from employment to patient privacy to personal finances, and everything in between. In order to simplify matters, we have prepared the following summary of the federal statutes we most often encounter in our practice.Continue reading The Key Federal Statutes Regulating Doctors
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.
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.
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.