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Consent Forms v. Informed Consent

USA - July 18 2017 Except in emergencies, healthcare practitioners must generally obtain the patient’s informed consent before providing treatment. If the patient lacks…

HIPAA update 2014: why and how you must comply

USA - March 24 2014 In January 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued its longawaited Omnibus Rule implementing regulations required by the…

Marketing Traps for Healthcare Providers

USA - October 12 2017 Common marketing practices in other industries may be illegal in the healthcare sector. Healthcare providers should beware the following practices…

HIPAA, e-mails, and texts to patients or others

USA - June 8 2015 The HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules require covered entities (including healthcare providers and health plans) and their business associates to…

Waiving copays and deductibles

USA - June 25 2014 Providers sometimes waive patients' cost-sharing amounts (e.g., copays or deductibles) as an accommodation to the patient, professional courtesy…