July 2019 | ABCDE’s of Melanoma

We are officially starting the dog days of summer!  Checking the historical weather information and found that the average high for July in Fort Myers is 91˚ and the average low is 75˚.  That being said, our next meeting is going to be very relevant to all of us lucky enough to live here is […]

June 2019 | Protecting Your Brand

Do you know your brand?  Join us June 10th and get advice from Veer90 Creative’s VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Angeli Chin. After you have listened to your audience (Clients, Patients, Vendors) what can you do to protect your brand?  How do you plan, convey your brand in messaging and prepare for crisis.  Angeli Chin will guide you […]

Is this the Beginning of a New Era in State Data Breach Notification Laws?

An Overview of the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (FIPA) On June 20, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott approved FIPA. This comprehensive new data security law becomes effective July 1, 2014. The nature of the changes to Florida’s existing breach notification law are substantial, and FIPA places a heavy compliance burden on entities investigating […]

HIPAA Violations

Health and Human Services issued two announcements recently.  First, HHS announced the largest HIPAA penalty to date, $4.8 million against New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University.  The penalty was for a breach and the lack of the required plan.  The breach occurred because a Physician tried to deactivate a server on his own.  Neither […]

Physical Therapy Audit Question

Is mandatory with Medicare or the state to have a mental health professional to audit the physical therapy records? I know it is an audit that is done to make sure the needs of the mental health referrals to our center are being met. Can this audit be incorporated in the chart audits that are […]

Changes to Employer Reimbursements to Employees for Health Insurance

Changes to Employer Reimbursements to Employees for Health Insurance   Do you currently reimburse your employees for health insurance?  If so, under the Affordable Care Act, you may not be allowed to continue this as a nontaxable fringe benefit to your employees.   In the past, an employer was permitted to reimburse employees who are […]

Updates from the Florida Medical Association (FMA) SGR VOTE BY HOUSE

_______________________________________________________________________ August 1, 2013 TO: LCMS MEMBERS UPDATES FROM: THE FLORIDA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION(FMA)DAILY DOSE NEWSLETTER SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE (SGR) VOTE BY HOUSE Earlier today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed HR 2810, the “Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act,” by a vote of 51-0. This legislation repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR) […]

Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Fee Due on July 31

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) imposes a new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee, on plan sponsors and issuers of individual and group policies.  All plans that provide medical coverage to employees owe this fee.  Medical coverage includes PPOs, HMOs, POS, HDHPs, and HRAs.   The health insurance issuer is responsible for […]