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Written Reopening Safety Plan Requirement

In New York, a written reopening safety plan is required. The CDC for the rest of the country refers to a “plan”. Best that it is written. It does not have to be submitted anywhere for approval. New York actually has a Safe Plan Template that is available for your free [...]

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Reopening Your Office

Do not forget OSHA requirements as to safety and cleanliness. Have staff go through all medications and samples to make sure usefulness date not expired. Have staff go through the dates of any sterilized instruments or garb. Re-sterilize and date as necessary. Check date on fire extinguisher. Check all dates on [...]

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COVID-19 Reopening

Now that many of you will be reopening your offices, here are a few reminders of best practices to protect both you and your patients: Make sure your charts include any and all telephone encounters with your patients during your physical closure. Make sure you have hand sanitizer readily available to [...]

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Professional Conduct and Physician Reporting

New York and many other states have a regulation which requires the licensed medical professional to report another licensed medical professional if it reasonably appears to show that a licensee is guilty of professional misconduct as defined in the particular state regulation or statute. Think about that! You see a colleague [...]

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Using Telemedicine at Your Practice

Telemedicine is not meant as a vehicle to increase your income during the COVID-19 pandemic. When you are performing a patient “visit” via telemedicine, if you are charging the government, the services must be medically necessary. Your chart must reflect the nature and reason of your “visit”. Your chart should document [...]

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Patient Follow Up Care During The COVID-19 Pandemic

We are all under tremendous pressure due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. However, you will not get a pass on patient follow-up care. You still must make patients aware of test results and their significance. You must still follow -up on proposed treatment plans. Follow-up on patient referrals is mandatory. Follow up [...]

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CDC (Center for Disease Control) 101

LEGAL BRIEFS: CDC 101 The Center for Disease Control was founded after World War II. It grew out of an organization that helped fight malaria in war areas. It is part of the U.S. Public Health Services. It focuses on aspects of communicable diseases of all kinds as well as drug [...]

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Staying Productive and Efficient during the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we all deal with the sequelae of COVID-19, some of us might find extra time due to patient cancellations. If that occurs, use that time to catch up on your administrative chores. Get current on your dictation. Check your billing codes, examine your day sheets for irregularities. Go from treatment [...]

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Infection Control in the Medical Office

With the real and perceived threat from the coronavirus, influenza, and other infectious diseases, it is important for healthcare practitioners to set an example for their patients. I would recommend that the practitioner make a real effort to wash his or her hands in front of the patient.  Further, have either [...]

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Dismissing a Patient from your Practice

When dismissing a patient from your practice, give that patient days to obtain another healthcare provider. If you will not provide your patient with at least two other names of local practitioners, refer them to the local medical society for a referral. The letter should include verbiage allowing the patient to [...]

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