Monthly Archives: July 2015

When a Breach Isn’t a Breach: Understand HIPAA Rules

A hospital in Arkansas recently learned the lesson of the nuances contained within the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  There are many uses and disclosures identified in the Privacy Rule that permit actions that would otherwise appear to be a breach. This … Continue reading

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Keep Your Legal Opinions to Yourself!

Hospitals face the challenge of stiff competition, often times, from their own physicians’ ambulatory surgery centers. When dealing with these challenges, hospitals need to be mindful of the Stark Law if they intend to contract with surgeons to fend off their competitors.  If … Continue reading

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The Cloud is Good, But Know Where Data Go

A recent settlement announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) highlights the need to evaluate web-based applications and storage solutions.  Web-based or cloud solutions are viable options and tools for healthcare entities … Continue reading

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