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The Sentinel: May 2023


Risk Matters: Telehealth Regulatory Changes Coming Soon

Risk Matters  |  Justin Joy, JD, CIPP

The expiration of the COVID-19 national public health emergency on May 11, 2023 brought a number of changes in healthcare. Among those changes was a significant shift in telehealth regulatory compliance risk. In March 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced...

The Hidden Dangers of Online Trackers

Cybersecurity  |  Brian Johnson

Recent events have drawn attention to the widespread use of online trackers and raised privacy concerns for healthcare organizations. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a bulletin following filed complaints, class action lawsuits, breach notifications, a...

Supervision Requirements for Diagnostic Tests

Practice Management  |  Jackie Boswell, FACMPE

On March 16, 2023, Medicare issued MLN Matters - MM13094 which clarified language related to the January 1, 2021 rule that expanded the list of providers who can supervise diagnostic tests to include Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs), Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs), Certified Regis...

Staffing Strategies that Work

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

Despite looming predictions about the economy, employment rates have still not stabilized in the health care industry. Medical practices remain challenged by staffing shortages – and high turnover rates. There is no end in sight, so it pays to brush up on recruitment and retention tactics to ensure you&...

Closed Claim: A Recipe for a Medical Emergency

Closed Claim Review  |  Jeff Williams, JD

Readers of this article may be familiar with the medication error case that resulted in a fatality at Vanderbilt University Medical Center back in 2017. That medication error involved a nurse who gave the patient vecuronium, a muscle paralytic instead of Versed, a sedative, which resulted in the death of a pa...

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