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The Doctor Is In – or Better Be to Satisfy PA’s New Informed Consent Requirements

With the increased presence of qualified staff members in a physician’s office and the constant time-pressure on physicians, many patients rely heavily on individuals other than the physician to answer questions about medications, procedures, and treatment plans. Physicians, in turn, lean heavily on qualified staff members to ensure patients ...

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Anchors Away! Physical Therapists Rejoice (and Book a Tropical Getaway) as CMS Extends Locum Tenens Arrangements

Even doctors get sick sometimes, or need to take a vacation, and when they do, patients are not seen and billing does not happen. Cue locum tenens – a system used by providers to ensure continuity of care and revenue when providers need to complete continuing medical education requirements or take time off for vacations or medical or matern...

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Organizations Want to Cry After WannaCry Ransomware Attacks

Earlier this month a massive ransomware attack spread throughout 150 countries, infecting 300,000 computers and crippling businesses across the globe. The ransomware, called “Wannacry,” infiltrated a variety of institutions, encrypting the user’s files and demanding payment of $300-$600 in bitcoin to unfreeze files. Hundreds of hospitals an...

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Securing ePHI in a Mobile Health World

Could a lost cell phone or laptop cost your organization millions of dollars? Mobile devices have enabled vast improvements in the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery. Through the use of mobile devices, patients and providers can access real-time information that can lead to better health outcomes through improving medication compl...

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Obermayer’s Health Law Gurus™ Blog Author selected for JD Supra “2017 Readers’ Choice Awards”

For the second consecutive year, Obermayer’s blog Health Law Gurus’ author Lawrence Tabas was recognized as a Top Author for JD Supra’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.  Tabas was honored for reaching the top level of visibility and engagement by the thousands of readers who subscribe to JD Supra’s healthcare industry news.  Further, JD Sup...

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Obermayer Attorneys Present on “Estate Planning and Farm Succession Planning”

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP attorneys Janene B. Reilly and Rebecca L. Warren presented a program on “Estate Planning and Farm Succession Planning” to the California Grange #941 in Limestoneville, Pa. on March 27.  The Grange (Order of Patrons of Husbandry) was founded in 1867 in Washington DC and is celebrating its 150th Anniver...

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BEWARE OF THE MAN-IN-THE-MIDDLE: Malicious Eavesdroppers on the Internet

Imagine this: Dr. Primary is treating Patty Patient for substance abuse and emails Patty Patient’s protected health information (PHI) to a treatment clinic. Before the email arrives at the clinic, it is intercepted by a third party, Evan Eavesdropper, who publishes the PHI on the internet.  Evan Eavesdropper also decides to alter the PHI i...

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Medical Marijuana Act Clouds the Rights of Employers to Establish and Enforce Marijuana Policies

  Pennsylvania’s recently passed Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) has left employers dazed and confused about whether they may continue to enforce zero tolerance drug policies. The MMA, which provides qualifying patients with access to medical marijuana through a safe and effective delivery method, is intended to balance patient need for access ...

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Time is of the Essence When Reporting a Breach of PHI

 The failure to timely report a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) has cost Presence Health (one of the largest health systems in Illinois) almost half of a million dollars. Earlier this month, Presence Health agreed to pay $475,000 and enter into a corrective action plan (CAP) with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) based ...

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20 Years of HIPAA – Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

On August 21, 1996, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. The original purpose of the Act, which amended the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, was to improve the portability and continuity of health insurance coverage, combat waste, fraud, and abuse, promote the use of ...

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