Specialty Focus   
Volume VII | Issue 10                                                                               
March 6, 2018   
        Practice specific news, analysis and commentary
      for Florida's Medical Specialists
                            From the publisher of FHIweekly & FloridaHealthIndustry.com

Insurance Company Denial of Emergency Care
MD Whistleblower

We live in an era of demonization. Political adversaries are not opponents, they are villains. Commentary that contrasts with our views is labeled fake news. Presumption of innocence? R.I.P. Civil discourse has become a quaint memory. Why would one debate respectfully when today's tactic is to talk over and demean your adversary?

On the morning that I prepared this post <3.4.18>, I read an article reporting that one of Ohio's largest insurance companies, Anthem, is denying payment for non-emergency care provided at emergency rooms (ERs).

Health Care Industry Conference April 19-20  
7 statistics on colorectal cancer in the US - 50k+ deaths expected in 2018 
Laura Dyrda | Becker's GI & Endoscopy

In 2018, colorectal cancer is expected to be the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. Here are seven things to know about colorectal cancer...


Dumpster Diver Demonstrates Importance of Proper Medical Records Storage and Disposal 
Just because a business closes its doors, it doesn't mean that it no longer is obligated to safeguard patients' protected health information (PHI), as one company recently learned. Earlier this month, the receiver appointed to liquidate the assets of Filefax, Inc. agreed to pay $100,000 out of the receivership estate to settle potential HIPAA violations. Filefax was an Illinois company that provided storage, maintenance and delivery of medical records. Before it shut its doors in 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights received a complaint alleging that a "dumpster diver" brought medical records obtained from Filefax to a shredding and recycling facility to exchange for cash. After opening an investigation, OCR confirmed that the medical records of more than 2,100 patients had been left at the shredding facility in February 2015.
Stem Cell Business: 3 Key Considerations for Providers 
Matthew Fischer

There are no off the shelf solutions when it comes to starting a new stem cell business or adding a new component to a practice. Between navigating regulations, receiving training, and marketing the service, there's a lot to address in a short time.  Trying to do it all yourself?  You may be a highly trained clinician, but given healthcare's ever-changing regulatory environment, seeking out experienced counsel at the outset will save lots of time and money in the long run.  To get started, here is a short summary of what to expect.