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Nov 16, 2018

What Is the Retention Requirement for a Minor’s Medical Records in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, a physician is required to maintain treatment records for seven years from the date of the most recent entry; however, questions always arise about how long a physician must retain medical records for a minor.

The State Board of Medical Examiners does not differentiate between minor and adult patients, and simply sets a seven-year retention requirement. » Read More

Oct 02, 2018

Disclosure Requirements in Non-Emergent Cases – NJ

The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Transparency Cost Containment and Accountability Act was adopted in June 2018 and went into effect last month.  It has gotten significant attention regarding emergent or urgent services rendered to patients, and the inability of out-of-network providers and facilities to balance bill the patient. » Read More

Jul 20, 2018

New OCR Guidance Regarding Patient Authorizations for Research Purposes

Generally, when using or disclosing an individual’s Protected Health Information (“PHI”), HIPAA regulations require the covered entity to obtain an authorization from an individual, including for research purposes[1].  The Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”), the entity that enforces HIPAA compliance, recently issued guidance for situations when an entity obtains an authorization from an individual for use and disclosure of PHI for research[2], focusing on the following topics:

  • Sufficient Description – HIPAA regulations require that the authorization, in plain language, provide “a description of each purpose of the requested use or disclosure.
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Jun 11, 2018

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine – Legal Concerns

I recently wrote the article “Artificial Intelligence in Medicine – Legal Concerns” for the Onondaga County Medical Society Bulletin. The article discusses the role Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) plays in modern medicine and the legal concerns associated with it. To read the article, please click hereRead More

Jun 05, 2018

Governor Murphy Signs Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act into Law

On Friday, June 1, 2018, Governor Murphy signed into law the Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act, to take effect Thursday, August 30.  The bill is intended to protect patients from surprise out-of-network medical bills.

Click here to read our alert to learn how this new Act will affect patients, insurance carriers, and health care providers.» Read More

Mar 20, 2018

When Performing Employee Exclusion Checks, Check Both LEIE and the GSA Debarred Individuals List

Health care providers and entities routinely check the Office of Inspector General’s (“OIG”) List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (“LEIE”) prior to employing or entering into a contract with an individual to determine the exclusion status of the potential employee or contractor. » Read More

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