September 30, 2009 |Vol. 6, No. 9

Practitioner Resources

Guidance for Psychologists on HIPAA Breach Notification Rule

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published an "interim final" rule that sets forth when and how psychologists and other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must give notice to patients and HHS if they discover that protected health information has been "breached."

Should you consider doing independent medical examinations for workers' comp?

The American Psychological Association (APA) Practice Directorate has completed a state-by-state review of workers' compensation laws, regulations and related policies concerning psychologists' ability to conduct "independent medical examinations (IMEs)."

Caution: Are you waiving copayments and deductibles?

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey alleges in lawsuits that the routine waiver of coinsurance is fraud

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