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Do I need a Business Associate Agreement?

Your healthcare entity may need to enter into a signed Business Associate Agreement with certain vendors and contractors that you have contracted with depending on the type of services that will be provided to your healthcare entity. Failure to produce a signed Business Associate Agreement could lead to fines and/or penalties by the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) in connection with potential HIPAA violations.   What is a Business Associate? A business associate is one that creates, receives, maintains or transmits protected health information (“PHI”). Companies that only store encrypted PHI are also considered Business Associates. Subcontractors may also have to sign a...

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Healthcare Provider Marketing and Management Arrangements

Healthcare providers interested in entering into marketing or management arrangements with companies must structure these arrangements in such a way that they don’t violate any federal or Florida healthcare laws. Providers should avoid entering into any marketing and management arrangements, which gives the impression that they offered, paid, or solicited cash, or any other type of remuneration in exchange for referring patients to that provider. Failure to do so may result in an Anti-Kickback violation if the arrangement does not fit squarely within an Ant-Kickback Statute Safe Harbor. Safe harbors that might be available to a healthcare provider, depending on the terms...

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Medicare Audit by Zone Program Integrity Contractor

If you’re reading this article it’s probably because you or your medical office has received a letter from a Zone Program Integrity Contractor (“ZPIC”) for The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) alleging that you may have improperly billed Medicare for the provision Medicare Services to your patients.   What is a ZPIC? There are seven ZPIC zones. It is possible for providers to hear from more than one ZPIC since the seven ZPICs focus on different aspects of the Medicare program. ZPIC Zone 7 includes Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands in its geographic scope. The Zone 7 –...

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Healthcare is the Next Cryptocurrency Frontier

What is Cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrency is a virtual currency designed to work as a medium of exchange. It uses cryptography to secure and verify transactions as well as to control the creation of new units of a particular cryptocurrency. Essentially, cryptocurrencies are limited entries in a database that no one can change unless specific conditions are fulfilled. Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency on the market but there are well over 1000 other “altcoins” in existence. The value of each cryptocurrency is largely speculative similar to stocks on an index. It has no intrinsic value or legal tender status and is only...

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Does Blockchain Belong in Healthcare?

Healthcare providers have been slow to implement blockchain into their practice. Providers are hesitant due to: (1) unfamiliarity with this technology and how it works; (2) some don’t see its practical application to healthcare; (3) others are employing the wait and see approach to determine if it is financially rewarding; and (4) some are put off by the lack of regulation, which could expose their patient records to cybertheft.   What is Blockchain? In 2009, blockchain stormed on the scene as the foundation for swapping digital currency. Blockchain is a permanent record of online transactions or exchanges that are logged publicly and in...

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Jamaal Jones, Esq. speaks at 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

On February 21, 2018, Jamaal R. Jones, Esq. spoke in front of an audience of Health Professionals at Nova Southeastern University's 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. Mr. Jones discussed "Telemedicine and its Intersection with mHealth an Innovation of Things". Some attendees included Anesthesiology Assistants, athletic trainers, behavioral scientists, dental hygienists, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, and physical therapists to name a few.  ...

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Jamaal Jones Presents at Master Class on Telemedicine

On December 8, 2017, Jamaal Jones, Esq. discussed his presentation called "Health and Wearable Technology Issues in Remote Medicine" in front of other Healthcare Attorneys and Professionals at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Florida. If you would like to find out more information about Mr. Jones and his presentation please email him at jrj@joneshealthlaw.com or call him at (305)877-5054. ...

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Florida v. Oxycodone, et. al.

Saamia Shaikh, Esquire has had her article "Florida v. Oxycodone, et. al." published in the Winter 2017 edition of the Florida Bar Health Law Section's Newsletter. http://www.flabarhls.org/resources-menu/document-library/hls-newsletter/320-the-florida-bar-health-law-section-newsletter-winter-2017 For more information about any of the information contained in this article or any other questions please email Ms. Shaikh at ss@joneshealthlaw.com....

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