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A Cheerleader, an Arrest, a Lawsuit, and Barbara Streisand

In the online world, there’s a phenomenon known as the Streisand effect. It has nothing to do with her voice, lovely as it is. Wikipedia said it best: It is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. [...]

By |July 6th, 2017|Categories: Compliance, Practice management|3 Comments

Freckles and Lawsuits

Virtually every physician knows that patient privacy is sacred. One needs a patient’s affirmative consent to disclose what is known as protected health information. This is covered by state and federal (HIPAA) privacy laws. If a doctor posts the medical record, that is disclosure of protected health information. If a doctor acknowledges a particular patient is indeed a patient [...]

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Compliance|3 Comments

How Facebook Saved My Patient’s Life 

Sometimes you need a nugget of medical information – pronto. If your patient has been in a hospital, you likely have access to reams of data. Finding your nugget may take seconds, minutes, or hours. You may never find it.   A number of years ago, Dr. Kamal Thapar, a Wisconsin neurosurgeon, gave a talk on how Facebook provided the nugget [...]

By |June 6th, 2017|Categories: Compliance, Frontpage Article, News|0 Comments

Upside-Down World – A Patient Sues You to Keep Taking Care of Them

Normally, when a patient sues a doctor, he is unhappy with the care. He wants money for damages the doctor allegedly caused. Most rational people do not continue to see the same doctor if they believe that doctor negligently harmed them  As Einstein once said: The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different [...]

By |May 30th, 2017|Categories: Compliance, News|3 Comments

How Doctors Can Avoid Getting Slammed by the FTC and TCPA – Diffusing Marketing Landmines – Part V

Maintaining compliance with HIPAA, TCPA, the FTC, and the host of other regulatory boards is complicated. An inadvertent error can result in massive fines, but there is much to be gained from a smart online strategy if you avoid the minefield of potential violations. For the next five weeks, we’re breaking down five marketing landmines that risk HIPAA and regulatory [...]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Compliance, Marketing, Online reviews, Practice management|1 Comment
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