HIPAA and Social Media

Practitioners must take care to protect patient privacy when interacting on social media.
HIPAA and Social Media

Like millions of other businesses, medical aesthetic practices and medspas often use social media channels—such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram—to increase brand awareness, promote new services, and strengthen the bond between providers and patrons. Unlike other service- and product-based businesses, medical practices and medspas are bound by patient privacy regulations set forth in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). And it is shockingly easy for a practice to expose itself to HIPAA violations through social media activity.

Cyber Security: Risk Management 101

Make sure your practice’s data is protected against Internet hackers.
Cyber  Security: Risk Management 101

The dangers of Internet hacking remain in the spotlight. Late in the summer of 2014, the theft of 1.2 billion usernames, passwords and email addresses by a Russian gang was revealed. Before that, there was a massive theft of data from Target Stores. This type of fraud and financial data loss is unfortunately not limited to credit card information or even to retailers, making it extremely important for medical aesthetic practices to protect their systems against hackers.

Practice Management Handbook

Practice management encompasses many different areas and requires doctors to acquire many new skills—from contract negotiations with payers to streamlining accounts receivable processes to finding new ways to attract and retain patients, all while working within current government regulations.

To help physicians keep their practices secure and profitable, the Coding Institute has released the Practice Management Handbook. The book covers a range of practice management and regulatory and coding issues, including: