Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and much of the second term of the Obama administration, the Republican stance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was “repeal and replace”. After the surprise upset victory by Donald Trump, Republicans are seemingly now the dog that caught the car. Which leaves Americans, and potentially more importantly, physicians wondering what happens next.
The federal health care privacy statute or HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) is no longer a new acronym - either in the medical profession or in general society. Like Medicare, ObamaCare and other contemporary healthcare developments it is familiar to most citizens. And most healthcare professionals have at least a passing knowledge of the basic requirements of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.
No discussion of health care management should ignore the current legal environment in which all physician practices operate. Indeed, given the potential sanctions, to do so would be tantamount to managerial negligence.
Social media is ubiquitous in contemporary American culture. Given that fact, the question that this article addresses is what utility, if any, social media has for your medical practice? And, if potentially useful, how can social media be used without causing unintended legal consequences?
Many physicians are unaware of their legal obligations with regard to communicating with deaf and hearing-impaired patients.