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Medicine & the Law

Effectively responding to billing questions

Even the most honest and scrupulous of practices can find themselves answering questions regarding their billing for services. It is more important than ever that physicians try to avoid any allegations of personal financial benefit, and even fraud or abuse, by appropriately responding when questions about their billing arise

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Alternative malpractice insurance mechanisms

In response to a crisis of cost and availability, a number of alternative risk mechanisms are emerging, including a domestic reciprocal exchange, risk retention groups (RRGs) and captives. How do these alternatives compare to traditional insurance, and what should physicians expect from participation in an alternative risk mechanism?

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HIPAA countdown for physicians

While HIPAA poses a compliance challenge for physicians, recent modifications to HIPAA's privacy requirements provide some clarification to assist in compliance efforts. This article briefly recaps the status of the regulations, describes a couple of the recent privacy modifications that may be helpful and suggests some compliance priorities.

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