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Understanding Social Media: Top 10 Tips

Use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and other social media sites to maintain your professional presence and connect with colleagues, referral sources, and patients.  A patient can "like" your Facebook page and be routed through regular patient intake and […]

Reappointment: Top 10 Tips

As with initial application, a staff person can draft the answers, gather the attachments, and actually submit the reapplication. But the physician must make sure that the application is wholly accurate and complete before signing. Don’t allow staff […]

Initial Credentialing: Top 10 Tips

A decision to apply to a facility should not be undertaken lightly. Once you are on staff, you are subject to peer review. While legal immunities and privileges protect the facility, you have little if any protection and your record may be permanently […]

Avoiding Common HIPAA Pitfalls: Top 10 Tips

PHI's incredibly broad definition (see reverse, Tip No. 1) includes many common identifiers such as name, address, birth date, and social security number if they can be associated with health data content, which is usually the case in a health care environment […]

Understanding HIPAA: Top 10 Tips

All "individually identifiable health information" held or transmitted by a covered entity or its business associate, in any form or media, whether electronic, paper, or oral. RULE OF THUMB: If it contains any type of health data (including payment information […]

Helping Colleagues' Boundaries: Top 10 Tips

If the behavior makes the physician a continuing threat to public welfare, a physician is required to report it to the Texas Medical Board. Otherwise, a physician may report to the Texas Medical Board, the Texas Medical Association, or to a hospital […]

Maintaining Boundaries: Top 10 Tips

There is a clear imbalance of power between a physician and a patient. The patient exposes himself or herself and is highly vulnerable. No matter what the patient says or does, a physician will be held to higher expectations. The physician must at all […]

Avoiding a NPDB Report: Top 10 Tips

If you are a focus of a health care entity investigation, before you resign clinical privileges or let them expire, resolve any such investigation and confirm that no affirmative report to the NPDB will be filed against you. Get assistance from a health […]