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Anti-Kickback Laws

In 1972, the United States Congress passed a series of federal anti-kickback laws designed to prevent doctors and health care providers from recommending specialists and other medical professionals based on incentives or kickbacks they may receive.

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Obamacare Subsidies in Jeopardy

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to pass judgment on billions of dollars in insurance subsidies currently being granted under the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, health insurance attorneys in Fort Lauderdale report, and the repercussions could be ugly if the findings are unfavorable.

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HIPAA Security Breaches

Recently, Anthem Inc. reported one of the first, and by far the largest, widespread data theft to specifically target personal health information of hundreds of millions of consumers. In the massive security hack, data for more than 80 million past and present customers has been compromised, including names, Social Security numbers, addresses, contact information, medical records and IDs, income statistics, birthdays and more. 

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2015 Is Bringing Serious Change

Previously, our health care lawyers in Florida discussed the ways in which the Medicaid pay raise expiration will affect primary care physicians practicing in the state. This change led to a nearly 50 percent cut in pay for doctors offering services to Medicaid patients in 2015. Now, we are taking a look at other big upcoming changes — some positive, some negative — that will heavily impact pay rates for physicians this year. 

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Medicaid Pay Raises

In the last year, doctors in private practice have taken in hundreds of new patients mostly covered through Medicaid and Medicare as part of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) expansion program. This program has provided insurance coverage to millions of previously-uninsured Americans nationwide. 

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HIPAA Violations Could Lead to Serious Charges

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) strictly regulates a doctor or medical professional’s ability to share, receive and store private health information for patients.

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The Ebola Aftermath

The Ebola virus may have died down in the United States, but the disease continues to ravage West Africa, and its recent spread through our country has highlighted some serious breaches in protocol and disease control. Fort Lauderdale health care lawyers have learned that now, major medical organizations are working to correct these issues. 

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Drug Use in the Workplace: Doctor/Patient Confidentiality

Health care attorneys know that treating colleagues as patients is always tricky, because you –as the treating physician or nurse – end up in possession of personal details about your patients that cannot be shared with others, including a mutual employer, under health care laws. However, when you discover in the course of treating a colleague that he or she is using drugs that could potentially affect his or her work performance and the health and safety of other patients, what is your responsibility to your employer and the other patients? How does this conflict with your responsibility as the colleague’s doctor or nurse? 

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Florida Leads ACA Enrollment 2015

The first full year of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more popularly known as Obamacare, had little effect on Florida’s rate of insured residents, as the state remained third worst for insurance coverage last year. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that Florida had 3.85 million uninsured residents in 2013, which is higher than the 3.82 million reported in 2012. The population growth for this period put the rate of insured residents at 20 percent, a rate higher than every state but Texas and Nevada. The national average rate in 2013 was 14.5 percent.

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CMS Takes Steps to Reduce Medicare Fraud

Medicare and Medicaid provide a much-needed service for individuals and entities that need help affording quality health care, but the influx of fraudulent activity has detracted significantly from the organizations’ abilities and resources. Last month, in an effort to put a stop to existing fraud schemes and prevent new ones from cropping up, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new list of regulations that will allow them to better evaluate individuals and entities that use these federally funded organizations. 

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