Month: May 2016

Article of the Week: The HIPAA Violation in the Online Review

When I read this headline, my reaction was: “No no no no no!” Doctors and other providers are doubtless aware that Yelp-style reviews have arrived in the health care industry. Patients shopping for a new doctor are increasingly likely to look online for reviews and ratings before they make their selection. And providers, in turn, are starting to respond to these reviews, particularly when the reviews are negative. But responding to a Yelp review of your medical services is not the same thing as responding to a hotel review on TripAdvisor. There is, after all, that thing called HIPAA....

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News Brief: New Rules for Overtime

This week, the Obama Administration announced that the Department of Labor is issuing a new rule that changes the eligibility threshold for overtime pay, making millions more workers eligible for time-and-a-half. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guarantees a minimum wage for up to 40 hours of work each week and requires employers to pay their employers one and one-half times their regular wage for hours they work above 40 in a workweek. There are several categories of employees who are exempt from these requirements, including a category of executive, administrative and professional employees. To be exempt from overtime,...

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Article of the Week: The Battle Over Prescription Drug Rebates

We’ve all gotten one at some point: a plastic-laminated card, like a grocery store loyalty card, promising us a reduced copay for a new drug. Pharmaceutical reps distribute the cards to doctors’ offices (along with their pitch for the drug), and then the doctors hand them out to patients with new prescriptions. Copay rebate cards are an increasingly popular tool used by pharmaceutical companies to entice patients to start taking a new drug, particularly when the new drug would otherwise come with a high copay. Once patients have started on a particular drug, they are less likely to switch...

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Millennials in Medicine

Millennials get a lot of attention these days. In the workplace, they are at the center of conversations about how to attract and retain them as employees and how to adapt workplace practices to their new paradigms. In almost every consumer industry, countless hours are spent discussing how to reach them as customers and how to earn their loyalty (and dollars). And now, millennials are starting to take over the medical field, too. About 15% of physicians in the U.S. are under the age of 35, and almost all current doctors-in-training are millennials. Some of the issues with millennials...

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