Medical Office Managers: Do You Know Your Legal Obligations in Relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic? Five Steps to Safety

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Mar 18, 2020 6:28:06 PM

The rapid spread of the coronavirus across the U.S. and many parts of the globe has drawn quite a bit of attention to employee safety. As business leaders look over their employee policies and procedures, they may begin to wonder about legal risks that a pandemic may expose them to. Medical offices are no exception. OSHA requires every employer to have policies and procedures to address the pandemic spread of viral illnesses such as the flu or coronavirus. A review of your policies and response plans now is essential.

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Topics: medical office certification, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance

Phishing Emails Are a Huge Cybersecurity Risk

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jan 23, 2020 3:58:34 PM

Medical information is the number one prime target when it comes to cybersecurity hacks, FBI Computer Scientist Thomas Ervin at Practice Management Institute’s National Conference for Medical Office Professionals in December. A single click on a phishing email can turn a machine into a “slave,” as termed in the cybersecurity industry. Phishing email incidents are not new and have increased more than 200 percent. It has become so prevalent that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity Division has set up a website to report phishing emails. Ervin, FBI Special Agent Raymond Martinez, and Cybersecurity Expert Richard Avery delivered an eye-opening demonstration to show how easy it can be for your personal and work data to be compromised by a hacker. Cybercriminals target all types of organizations and these experts warned that healthcare entities need to be especially vigilant.

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance, medical practice issues, medical fraud, medical identity theft, HIPAA compliance

The Most Common HIPAA Compliant Transactions

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 15, 2019 5:50:23 PM

In today’s medical practice HIPAA regulations provide both guidance and compliance standards for all financial and administrative procedures involved when it comes to protected health information (PHI). With patient privacy on the line these standards cover all key transactions in which organizations collect, handle, and store their information. Complying with these standards will protect the medical practice against theft and violations along with helping to ensure their patient information is secure.

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Topics: Practice management, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance, HIPAA compliance, HIPAA

Protecting Patient Information w/ HIPAA Electronic Security Standards

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Aug 11, 2019 4:55:48 PM

HIPAA Compliance can be a complex issue. Especially with advancements in technology and the rising prominence of social media and online reviews. However, there is a degree of solace in knowing that you are not alone in your quest to successfully navigate HIPAA requirements. Medical office managers across the country must be able to effectively understand the federal regulations that deal with protected health information (PHI).

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Topics: Practice management, medical office compliance, HIPAA compliance, HIPAA

Tips to Recognize and Control Identify Theft in a Medical Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 19, 2019 4:41:32 PM

In 2017, 16.7 million people in the U.S. experienced some type of identity theft with $17 billion in losses to organizations, according to a recent Harris Poll. Medical identity theft is fraud and recognizing and controlling it is a growing and serious compliance concern for medical office managers.

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Topics: Practice management, CMOM, Certified Medical Office Manager, medical office manager topics, medical office compliance, medical practice issues, medical fraud, medical identity theft

7 Compliance Issues Medical Office Managers Must Navigate to Protect Their Practice

Posted by Practice Management Institute on Jun 12, 2019 12:02:06 PM

Maintaining compliance in a medical office is one of the most significant challenges that office managers face. With new regulations coming down the pipe, new employees to train, and policies to implement, it can be unnerving to stay on top of it all. To avoid healthcare fraud and abuse in the practice, the medical office manager must be knowledgeable and current with compliance laws and be equipped to manage issues when they arise.

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Topics: Practice management, PMI Certification, medical office manager topics, cmom certification, medical office compliance, medical practice issues