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Litigation for Non-Subscribers: Prohibited Affirmative Defenses

Although the benefits to becoming a nonsubscriber under the Texas workers' compensation system are manifold, employers who choose to become nonsubscribers do need to be aware of hurdles that the Texas Legislature put into place for those who choose […]

Avoid Social Media Pitfalls: Top 10 Tips

Providers should use privacy settings so as to safeguard their own personal information and content.  But privacy settings are not absolute.  Providers should monitor content posted about them by others to ensure propriety and accuracy.  see AMA […]

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 […]