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Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA

Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA

Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, is a Houston-based attorney advising on federal and state compliance and areas of liability associated with a variety of healthcare legal and regulatory issues including: HIPAA, the HITECH Act, the False Claims Act, Medicare issues, women’s health, as well as corporate and security regulations. She can be reached here.

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The importance of HIPAA policies and procedures should not be overlooked. Doing so can be costly.

What do "tidings of comfort and joy" have to do with patient care and reimbursement? A lot can be gleaned from these five words.

Federal HIPAA violations and state law causes of action are nothing to ignore. The penalties are substantial.

Court signals federal HIPAA violations do not prevent claimants from bringing a state common-law suit; cautions physicians on the extent of practice liability.

In order to prevail in golf, you need to know the nuances of the game. Likewise, physicians should know how to navigate HIPAA.

State HIPAA laws typically work in tandem with federal rulings. And, in the case of legal action, related state statutes are found to apply.

The confidentiality and integrity of protected health information should be a primary goal for all who handle it.

Make sure you are aware of these legal changes: medical malpractice cap limits; third-party billing practices; and enforcement of Notice of Privacy Practices.

Confidentiality, integrity, and encryption are all items that need to be addressed within a medical practice's data security policy for business associates.

The misdiagnosis of the Dallas Ebola patient who recently died raises several liability issues for physicians.

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