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Telemedicine: Avoiding a Risk Management Nightmare

A recent msnbc.com article, “Is a Doctor Reading your X-Rays? Maybe Not,” is certain to have caught the attention of many consumers, raising awareness of the practice of telemedicine and some issues that may influence a correct interpretation and diagnosis.

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HHS Launches HIPAA Audit Program

The HITECH Act, a portion of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide for periodic audits to ensure covered entities and business associates are complying with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and Breach Notification standards.

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It’s not my responsibility – Insuring Tenant Improvements

“It’s not my responsibility” is not what anyone wants to hear as the opening volley between owner and tenant after a catastrophic property loss; it sets the stage for a contentious claims process.

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CLASS Act Implementation Suspended by the Obama Administration

The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, released a report to Congress October 14th regarding its analysis of the CLASS Act-the long-term care program passed as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Insurance Exchanges

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010, addressed the inability of individuals and small employers to obtain affordable health insurance in the existing markets.

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Wellness & Safety equals Healthy Occupational Performance

Workplace safety and wellness programs benefit employers and their employees. While the programs can be implemented independently of each other, there are proven enhanced results when the two are combined into one overarching Employee Health, Safety, and Wellness program.

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2012 Health Reform Issues for Employer Sponsored Health Plans

Most employers are aware that many of the significant aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begin to take effect in 2014. There are, however, a number of provisions included in the ACA that will affect employer-sponsored health plans in 2012.

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Departments Release Benefit Summary Rules

The IRS, Department of Labor, and Health and Human Services (The Regulatory Agencies) have released proposed regulations on the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (referred to as the SBC by the Regulatory Agencies) requirements contained in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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The Patient-Centered Medical Home: The Healthcare Delivery Model for the Future?

One result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 has been a renewed conversation about the broken U.S. healthcare system.

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Earthquake Deductibles and Deductible Buy Downs: Do You Know Your Liability in the Event of a Loss?

Earthquake coverage for property assets in high hazard areas is often subject to a percentage deductible rather than a specific flat dollar amount. The deductible will typically range from 2% to 5% based on several factors, including age of the building, type of construction (i.e., frame, masonry or steel), and soil conditions.

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Entity-Employed Physicians and Medical Malpractice Coverage Issues

Physician employment by hospitals and medical facilities continues. The change from independent to employed physician status has been rapid and all indications suggest that the trend will continue.

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Data Liability: Challenges Facing Employers

In a recent article titled Hack Attack published in Time Magazine, the author, Bill Saporito, provides a glimpse into the world of hackers and outlines the motivations of LulzSec, the group responsible for the much-publicized Sony breach.

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