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Records Management Steps for Doctors Closing Their Practice

Written By: Janie Ratliff-Sweeney The time has come to close a chapter and move on from your medical practice. But closing down a physician’s office doesn’t just involve business concerns like notifying personnel or selling equipment. Doctors must also worry about the fate of their patient records. If you are a Kentucky doctor closing your Read More

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How Doctors and Hospitals Can Combat Medicare and Medicaid Fraud 

Counterintuitive as it seems, it is possible to commit fraud without actual intent. If you and your staff lack careful billing and oversight processes, you could come under investigation for Medicare/Medicaid fraud. If you bill for 30 patients on a given day but you actually only saw 20, the 10 phantom patient billings are patently Read More

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Kentucky Ruling Highlights Importance of HIPAA Employee Training

Written By: Janie Ratliff-Sweeney Even with the best standards and practices in place, hospitals, doctors’ offices and other medical institutions are only as good at patient health data privacy as the employees who handle the data on a daily basis. Employee mistakes put medical organizations at legal risk if data is improperly disclosed. In a Read More

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Kentucky Doctor Ordered Jailed, Suspended for Implanting Unnecessary Pacemakers 

Written By: Janie Ratliff-Sweeney When you hear of Medicare fraud, you may think of billings for patients who never showed or for procedures that were never performed. What might not come to mind is a doctor performing unneeded invasive procedures or surgeries on patients to increase claims to Medicaid and Medicare billing. But that’s exactly Read More

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I Know You’re Tired of Hearing About HIPAA, But Let Me Tell You a True Story:

Written By: Janie Ratliff-Sweeney True Story:  I recently met with a client who had a disgruntled ex-employee file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (the enforcement arm of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules) alleging violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rules by the client.  The client had experienced an inadvertent disclosure of protected Read More

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