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The number of people speaking a language other than English in the United States has increased to almost 20 percent of the population. In addition, the aging population is increasing the number of patients who are deaf or hard of hearing. This demographic shift as well as legal obligations mean many practices should develop a strategy to accommodate language barriers and ensure continued quality care. Those strategies include developing an organizational policy, determining the appropriate method of communication during the patient encounter, seeking financial support for medical interpretation, and providing language-appropriate patient forms and educational resources.
What do you do when the law and your Hippocratic Oath come into conflict?
The article will explain the new HIPAA security regulations and how family practices can comply with them.
A health care attorney and expert in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) answers readers questions about the pending regulations.
Introduces the cover story on HIPAA security regulations, urges readers not to panic about HIPAA. Includes a box soliciting members of the Panel of Reader Representatives.
The article discusses conflicts between medical necessity (what patients need as well as what they want but don't need) and medical benefit (what their insurance policies cover and don't cover) and the problems this creates for family physicians and their patients. The article will include a handout for patients and strategies for physicians who find themselves stuck in the middle of these conflicts.
This article provides an overview of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and discusses the ramifications for family physicians.
The article discusses encryption options for FPs who want to protect the confidentiality of e-mail related to patient care.