CMS Releases Clarification Regarding Texting of Patient Orders

On December 28, 2017, the Director of the CMS Survey and Certification group issued a memorandum clarifying CMS’ stance on the texting of orders.  Specifically, the memorandum notes that a prohibition on texting applies to patient orders, which should be entered into the medical record by a handwritten note or Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) which is immediately downloaded into the patient’s electronic health record, but never through a text message. As far as texting other communications between health care… Read More >

Guest Post: Five Reasons to Hire a Small Law Firm

**Thank you to Joseph A. Doerr of the Doerr Law Firm in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for sharing this post.  Originally posted on the Doerr Law Firm blog on April 27, 2017. When searching for an attorney, clients may seek a large firm because of the brand, a particular expertise, or the matter simply requires multiple attorneys.  I’ve also heard that some clients select a big firm because if the matter doesn’t go as anticipated, the individuals who selected the firm will have… Read More >

2.5 Million Dollar HIPAA Settlement Highlights Three Important HIPAA Lessons

On April 24, 2017, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for the Department of Health and Human Services (the entity in charge of enforcing HIPAA) announced a $2.5 million dollar settlement with CardioNet. CardioNet self-reported (as required by the Breach Notification Rule) an incident where an employee’s laptop was stolen from a locked car.  When OCR investigated the incident, it alleged that CardioNet had not completed a sufficient HIPAA “risk analysis” and had not finalized its policies and procedures. Three… Read More >

Public Act 379 of 2016 Updates How Physician Assistants Practice in Michigan by Removing “Supervision” and “Delegation” Language; Utilizing Practice Agreement Model

Public Act 379, which was signed into law in December 2016, modernizes the statutory language for PA-physician teams by referencing “participating physicians” rather than “supervising physicians.”  This change more accurately reflects the role PAs and physicians play as part of a healthcare team.  PA 379 requires that a PA and the participating physician work together utilizing a written practice agreement that sets out a process for communication, availability and decision-making between the providers and delineates any limitations or conditions on… Read More >