Physicians Can Remain Independent in the Face of Healthcare Reform

Complying with health reform mandates isn't easy. The wise physician will pick and choose those measures that make sense for his practice.


If your practice hasn't already initiated a compliance program, here are four ways to begin.

In order to get patients the care they need when they need it, consider a risk-stratified care management system tied to point of care registries.

The HIPAA audit program under the Office for Civil Rights is expanding and changing. Is your practice prepared?

What you communicate to patients should also consider how you reach them. And with the variety of messaging available, there is also varying patient preference.

In the outpatient setting, physicians should never assign a diagnosis unless that diagnosis has been confirmed by diagnostic testing, or is otherwise certain.

ACOs enable collaboration between hospitals and physicians because of protections provided under the healthcare reform law.

Every investment or venture into which a physician enters must be carefully scrutinized to assure compliance with several state and federal laws.


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