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Issue #6 - February 27, 2013

Practice Management Tips and Resources

Physician Recruitment: Planning Is Crucial

Planning ahead when hiring new employees is a key human resources skill. When hiring new staff, you typically need a couple weeks of advertising and application gathering, some interview time, and often two weeks' notice before the new person can actually start. Hiring a physician is a much more complex experience that should be started up to six months prior to their first day of work. Because physician employment can be complex and crucial to business success, here are a few timing hints to keep you out of hot water.

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HITECH-related HIPAA Changes Final

Dramatic modifications to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules that will impact your practice are finalized and begin to take effect next month.

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Physician Sunshine Act Opens Your Practice to Scrutiny

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule in February requiring the reporting of payments made to physicians or teaching hospitals by applicable manufacturers of drugs, devices, biological, or medical supplies. The increased transparency reduces the potential for conflict of interest.

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