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Risk Management & Compliance

Resources to ensure your practice is fully compliant with government regulations.

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OMIC Informed Consent Library

View the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company's (OMIC) risk management consent forms for ophthalmic practices.

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  • Oculoplastics (15)
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  • Retina (18)
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Employment Law

AMA Principles for Physician Employment

The AMA Principles for Physician Employment are intended to help physicians, those who employ physicians, and their respective advisors identify and address some of the unique challenges to professionalism and the practice of medicine arising in the face of physician employment.

Government Compliance

Audits: It’s Not a Matter of If, But When

It is a truth universally acknowledged that audits are a reality of practicing medicine. Audits are conducted by all third-party payers on all levels of service, special tests and surgical procedures. Under the current system, there is a high probability that you will be audited on something at some time during your career. An audit is rumored to be like undergoing an autopsy without the benefit of death. The question is — how prepared will you be when the request for documentation comes to your office? It is your choice. Continue reading Audits: It’s Not a Matter of If, But When.

Government Compliance Links

Patient Privacy and Protection

HHS Provides Guidance for Securing Protected Patient Information — Washington Report Express - June 28, 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published a protocol that is being used to audit health care entities for compliance with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The protocol provides guidance for physicians to meet HIPAA requirements to secure protected electronic health information. HHS is conducting audits through a pilot program that looks at elements of information privacy, security and breach notification. Completed audits reveal that most challenges involve security compliance in small physician practices. Ophthalmology practices can prepare for potential audits by reviewing the audit protocol and consulting compliance resources on the HHS website.

Record Retention and Destruction

While ideally records should be kept forever, this is not always practical. To ensure that present and future patient needs are adequately met, and that allegations of malpractice can be successfully defended, retain records according to the following guidelines. Once the retention guidelines have been met, the records may be destroyed with physician approval. Continue reading Record Retention and Destruction.

Government Patient Privacy and Protection Resources