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 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.
The last twenty years have seen the federal government becoming increasingly involved in the relationship between doctors and their patients. Most recently, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has contributed to the uncertainty and concern among medical professionals about the increasing role government will take in the management of individuals’ health care. Doctors, particularly those who accept Medicare and Medicaid patients, must be aware of the landscape of regulations in order to avoid violating the law and suffering potentially catastrophic consequences.