How to beat a HIPAA investigation

Forming physician-hospital agreements

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 established federal standards for the security of electronic protected health information (e-PHI). In instances where violations are deemed to have occurred, a HIPAA investigation is initiated. For this reason, health providers are advised to retain legal counsel with expert knowledge of healthcare laws, so that they can determine how to beat a HIPAA investigation.

Under HIPAA health care providers and other ‘covered entities’ are required to safeguard the integrity of healthcare information. This requires setting up a tailor made compliance plan. However, there are times when gaps in privacy practices exist, and these could become the basis of an investigation into HIPAA procedures by state and government regulators.

Dealing with HIPAA Investigations

Ensure that you are HIPAA Compliant: Organizations that have the necessary administrative and technical safeguards in place, as well as appropriately trained personnel, are better equipped to handle a random audit or HIPAA investigation (learn more).
Review Policies Periodically and Conduct an annual risk assessment: Regular review of privacy and security policies should be carried out, to ensure that they are adequate in light of the changing statues. Making the appropriate investment in HIPAA compliance will pay huge dividends should there ever be an investigation.
Retain experienced legal counsel: Attorneys can help covered entities substantiate that they are HIPAA compliant. They can also monitor the organization’s conduct during an HIPAA investigation, provide guidance in interpreting the regulations, and respond to HIPAA enforcers on your behalf.

At Nelson Hardiman, Los Angeles, CA, our attorneys are specialists in healthcare matters.  We know what it takes for you to be HIPAA compliant, as well as how to beat a HIPAA investigation into your business data and records. Call us today at 310-203-2800 for an appointment.

Which are the best Implants for Natural Looking Breasts?

Will Nipple Reduction Surgery Scars Be Visible

As more women seek to gain attractive breasts to boost self-esteem, breast augmentation has become extremely popular all around the world. When it comes to breast augmentation, the aesthetic ideal is to have breasts that look natural, so the choice of implants is important. Consequently, women have to decide which types of implants to choose for natural looking breasts.

Breast Enhancement
Breast augmentation is done to increase breast size, and also to improve symmetry and restore volume. Silicone or saline breast implants are usually used for breast enhancement. The surgeon will discuss the choice of implants and make a determination based on your desired look, as well as your body size.

Silicone and Saline Implants
Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel, while saline breast implants contain sterile saltwater solution. Breasts implants are available in different sizes, and in addition to the more familiar round implants, shaped implants are now available.  These shaped silicone implants are now widely used, as women say they look and feel a lot like the natural breast.

Why shaped breast implants look natural
Shaped breast implants are made of a strong cohesive silicone gel. They have been nicknamed ‘gummy bear’ implants, because they maintain their consistency. The high-strength silicone is form stable, which means that it does not flow, even if it is cut in half. Therefore when the implant is in a vertical position, the gel does not flow to the bottom, but retains its shape.

Breast Augmentation in Irvine, CA
If you are interested in a breast augmentation in Irvine, CA, contact the offices of Song Plastic Surgery. During consultation with Dr. Kyle Song, you will learn more about which are the best implants for natural looking breasts. Please call 949-701-4454 for an appointment.

How to resolve peer review and credentialing conflicts with physicians:

Legal nuances private practice physicians should be aware of

Although doctors are usually protected in hospital peer reviews, the process can be a challenging and complex one, and may not have a positive outcome. For this reason, resolving peer review and credentialing conflicts with physicians, often requires the intervention of legal counsel.

Reasons for Conflict

Physicians, who believe that they are adequately credentialed and competent, often feel that they are unfairly treated by a peer review. As a result, some of them become frustrated by the process, and opt to resign in the midst of the investigations.

Resolving Conflict

When peer reviews are presented in an educational rather than a disciplinary context, less conflict is likely to arise. Physicians should therefore be advised of hospital policies and procedures, and their expectations in this regard.

The hospital should also have a clear peer review policy that outlines the role of peer reviews in maintaining standards, and quality of care. Peer review committee members should be adequately trained, and have the specialized knowledge to carry out their task in a timely manner. In addition, the findings should consist of objective evaluations that are clear and consistent.

This approach can help to quickly diffuse potential conflict. However, there are times when the process is not properly executed, and the physician decides to seek legal representation to resolve conflict. The physician should choose a law firm that specializes in health care matters, and has the expertise to handle peer review and credentialing issues.

The attorneys at Nelson Hardiman, LLP have represented physicians in a number of peer review actions in California. Our success in gaining landmark decisions in relation to physician rights is evidence of our expertise in these matters.  Call 310-203-2800 today for an appointment.

What is an Endoscopic Brow Lift and how can it refresh your appearance

Endoscopic Brow Lift

If you have deep forehead creases and furrows that are making you look old, or tired all the time, an endoscopic brow lift can dramatically improve your  appearance. But what is an endoscopic brow lift, and how can it rejuvenate your face. Let’s explain.

What is an endoscopic brow lift

An endoscopic brow lift raises the eyebrows by elevating the underlying tissues. There are different techniques that can be used to carry out brow lift surgery, but the endoscopic brow lift is the most advanced. The operation is done with the use of an endoscope, which is a surgical instrument that has been used in general surgery for many years.

The endoscope is a small a thin tube that has a tiny light and camera at the end of it. During the procedure the surgeon uses it to visualize the structures, enabling greater precision, and better outcomes.

Who can benefit from a brow lift

If you have deep furrows or wrinkles in the forehead, or sagging brows, then you can benefit from a brow lift. The procedure will open up the upper face, and make it appear brighter and younger.

The Endoscopic brow lift differs from the traditional techniques in several ways:
•    It is minimally invasive.
•    Smaller incisions are required. These are made behind the hairline, and are not easily visible.
•    There is no numbness of the scalp after the operation.
•    It produces a natural lift to the eyebrows.
•    A shorter recovery time is required.

If you live in Orange County and would like to learn more about what is an endoscopic brow lift, contact plastic surgeon Kyle Song, MD. Dr. Song practices at Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA. He also serves the wider Orange County community. Please call his office at 949-701-4454 for a consultation.