When HIPAA was initially enacted, the use of the internet was limited, and therefore best practices were largely unaccounted for. With the widespread adoption of mobile devices, social media, and software applications, it is important to consider the implications of using them in a healthcare setting. To provide guidance on how to comply with HIPAA while using modern technology, HIPAA in the electronic age is discussed in this blog post by The Compliancy Group, ACA's preferred HIPAA solution.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), consists of a complex set of regulations that were put in place to protect the privacy and security of patient information. It created standards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information (PHI). HIPAA dictates the proper uses and disclosures of PHI, how PHI should be protected, and what to do in the event of a PHI breach. This post, the first in a series by the Compliancy Group. ACA's preferred HIPAA solution, offers information on covered information, rules and self-audits.
Advocate uses similar approach to win over legislators and health plan administrators.
After success in getting all Missouri’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives to cosponsor Medicare and TRICARE modernization bills, ACA Missouri Alternate Delegate Quinn James, DC, is continuing his efforts on the local level. He recently began looking at self-funded plans in the St. Louis, Mo., area and finding flaws in their benefit designs. Using a similar approach he takes with legislators, he was sucessful in convincing a local union to expand its chiropractic coverage.
In a COVID-19 relief and federal spending package passed earlier this week by a bipartisan group of U.S. House and Senate lawmakers, several important items that the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) lobby team has been pushing for have been included in the measure.
Q&A with Program Presenter Dr. Lee Matthis
Lee R. Matthis, DC, vice president of clinic development and professional outreach with Tuck Chiropractic Clinic, which operates multiple locations across Virginia, will present "Using Data to Drive ALL Aspects of a Chiropractic Practice" at this year’s all-virtual Engage 2021 conference. In this post, ACA Blogs asks Dr. Matthis about what doctors can expect from his program and how he has adapted professionally during the pandemic.
Recently, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration (SBA) released a simplified forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under $50,000. The simplified form cuts the application’s size down from five pages to two and removes most of the questions aimed at ensuring that the loans were used for the program’s intended purposes of supporting payrolls and covering other fixed costs.
We are living through historic times right now; however, every disaster is an opportunity for us to become better doctors by adapting and improving our efficiency at delivering high-quality care. Over the past seven months, I’ve discovered that chiropractic telehealth can be an invaluable asset for our patients during the worst of times, as well as a much-appreciated service for patients who are stuck at home or live too far away to visit in person.
Federal government relations is a complex and exciting field, especially for membership associations such as the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). Not only do we represent our dedicated ACA members, but also their patients and, as an extension, the more than 30 million Americans who receive chiropractic care each year. A critical component of ACA’s government relations work is safeguarding and advancing public trust in chiropractic—and this is at the forefront of our work with policymakers.
Lessons I Learned from Dr. Bobby Maybee
When I was a chiropractic student, I interviewed 100 chiropractors for my YouTube channel and podcast. This post is about the insights I gained from talking to Bobby Maybee, DC, creator of the Forward Thinking Chiropractic Alliance.
Recently, Medicare providers, including chiropractors, who filed claims in 2019 discovered that funds were distributed automatically to their checking accounts. These are payments, not loans, to healthcare providers and will not need to be repaid. Since the payments began to appear in checking accounts, ACA has been receiving several questions, especially from chiropractors who have not received the payments yet. In some of these cases, people are not looking in the right places. Therefore, if you have not received a Medicare stimulus payment to date, here are some steps you can take to ensure you don’t inadvertently miss it.