Managing a medical practice comes with inherent risks, and physicians can face serious consequences for violating privacy, fraud, or abuse statutes. That's why physician members turn to TMA for help in establishing effective compliance programs, understanding the latest regulations, and navigating advancements in health information technology.
Recent questions about Compliance:
I think a HIPAA breach may have occurred. What do I do now?
Can offer discounts to my patients?
Am I required to provide an interpreter for my limited English proficiency patients?
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An Austin attorney is sending demand letters to physicians and providers across the state alleging that their websites are not accessible to people with visual disabilities and that he will personally sue them unless they pay him $2,000 plus attorney fees.
Is it necessary to have an authorization signed by the patient or parent for a return-to-work or return-to-school release? Would the answer change based on whether a specific diagnosis is noted on the release?
New rules from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) lay out a compliance framework for physicians and health care providers regarding all types of discrimination, including discrimination against individuals with LEP. The framework, explained in detail in the new white paper from the TMA Office of General Counsel about accommodating people with limited English proficiency, includes factors to help you determine the reasonable steps you must take to provide these individuals meaningful access.
To help with the transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, TMA is offering TMA members free access to a powerful new tool offered by e-MD's.
Minimize the risk your medical practice faces by establishing or maintaining an effective compliance program for HIPAA and coding and documentation practices.
Start now and gain the knowledge needed to achieve compliance. View all of the compliance courses available on the TMA Education Center.