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The Sentinel: January 2022


Covered Entity? Business Associate? Know the Difference and Your Obligations under HIPAA

Cybersecurity  |  Justin Joy, JD, CIPP

No matter how small, every medical practice likely has multiple vendors upon whom the practice relies for its everyday operations. Larger medical practices may have arrangements with dozens of third parties providing an array of services ranging from administrative support to x-ray machine service. With the n...

Medicare Reimbursement Forecast for 2022

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

Released on November 2, 2021, the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) revealed few surprises, given the foreshadowing of the previously issued proposed rule. However, it’s still a hard pill to swallow. While the changes are issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the im...

Risk Matters: COVID-19 Vaccines

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

Ever since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the emergency use of specific formulation (10 mcg/0.2 ml) of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 years, reports of mix-ups with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine formulation intended...

Tragic Outcomes Don’t Equal Bad Medicine

Closed Claim Review  |  John T. Ryman, JD

This case is a good example of circumstances we sometimes encounter where the outcome is tragic, although the medical care by our insured physician was appropriate and caused no harm. The magnitude of the injury fuels the pursuit of the lawsuit. A case like this will garner great sympathy for the patient from...

Notice of New Tennessee Rule: Chapter 1145-01 Commissioner’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database

Risk Topics  |  Julie Loomis, RN, JD

The Tennessee Controlled Substance Monitoring Database (CSMD) rules have been amended effective January 26, 2022.  The amendment requires that all healthcare practitioners, unless otherwise exempted, check the CSMD prior to issuing a Schedule II amphetamine, at the beginning of a new episode of treatment...

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