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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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What You Should Know About Kentucky Medical Records Laws

What You Should Know About Kentucky Medical Records Laws Medical records typically contain personal information that care providers must keep private in accordance with federal and state law. In most cases, only patients and their care providers may access these records without written permission. Although most of these rules come from federal laws like the Read More

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What Makes for a Valid Living Will in Kentucky?

A living will is a legal document that allows patients to provide healthcare providers with an outline of their wishes in the event they become incapacitated and unable to communicate their wishes themselves. The document often contains a provision for a person to be designated as healthcare power of attorney. This individual can speak on Read More

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Employers’ Responsibility for Health Insurance in Kentucky

There is no law in Kentucky that requires employers to provide group health insurance to their employees. While most employers do provide this benefit, there is no government regulation or entity forcing them to do so. There are, however, state laws that require employer-provided policies to cover specific services. These required coverages are known as Read More

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How Medical Malpractice Works in Kentucky

In Kentucky, medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional (such as a doctor, nurse or other hospital staff member) is medically negligent, leading to injury for a patient. Medical negligence arises from any acts or failures to act that fall below the standard of care expected of competent medical professionals. To determine if the action Read More

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Employer Responsibility for Workers’ Compensation in Kentucky

The Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA) lists the requirements for employers related to workers’ compensation. The benefits themselves are administered by the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims (DWC), which also enforces each employer’s compliance with the WCA. The vast majority of employers in Kentucky must comply with the WCA. Employers are subject to the legislation Read More

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