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The Sentinel: November 2023


Risk Matters: Healthcare Trends

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

This is the last Risk Matters article for 2023.  Normally, the end of the year is a time for reflection, but in the Risk department we are always looking toward the future to anticipate issues that may adversely affect our policyholders.  According to Forbes magazine*, the Top 5 Healthcare Trends in...

Medicare Reimbursement in 2024 Announced

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the Medical Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). The PFS conversion factor for 2024 is $32.74, a 3.4% decrease from the 2023 conversion factor of $33.89. The overall payment rate will be reduced by 1.25% based on requir...

The Growing Legal Risk of Online Tracking Technologies on Healthcare Websites

Cybersecurity  |  Justin Joy, JD, CIPP

The use of website tracking technology, such as the Meta Pixel, in the healthcare industry continues to garner media attention.  A prior Sentinel article in February 2023 provided information about the risk posed by website tracking technology, and a May 2023 article provided additional information on th...

Closed Claim: The Importance of Being a "Hands-on" Medical Director

Closed Claim Review  |  Stephanie Walkley, JD, BSN

Brandi North,[1] a 43-year-old stay-at-home mom, presented to a medical spa where she had received various cosmetic treatments over the last few years.  The purpose of this particular visit was to discuss options that would help her achieve a smoother appearance of the fine lines on her chest and remove ...

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