Sept 18, 2019

Physician Groups and Associations Are Denying Quality Care to Marginalized Communities

In the Healthcare industry, there is an increasing demand for qualified healthcare providers as well as affordable, effective healthcare services. The presence of nurse practitioners (NPs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) appears to fill the gap for the demand that continues to rise in communities across the nation. Currently, there is a nationwide shift […]

Sept 18, 2019

Legislation in Limbo in NC Could Save Many Lives

An old North Carolina law linking nurse practitioners to physicians is putting a lot of their practices, and patients, at risk. New legislation could fix that problem. The Problem in NC and Many Rural Areas in America In order to operate her practice, psychiatric nurse practitioner Olehonna Lynch is required to have a supervisory psychiatrist […]

Sept 18, 2019

The Past Is Controlling Our Future: Low Vaccine Turnout In Our Community

Last week, President Biden announced that all Americans will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1st, 2021. For most, that is a relief that only dreams are made up. In the Black community, it creates an insurmountable fear of the unknown. Black people have the lowest rates of vaccinations in the U.S. than […]

Sept 18, 2019

Dealing with A Disappointed Patient

Every healthcare practitioner will have a patient where the treatment or procedure results in an unfavorable outcome. This leaves the patient vulnerable, upset, and wanting an explanation on what went wrong and why. As a practitioner, it can be hard to face the patient and answer these difficult questions. Here are some tips on communicating […]

Sept 18, 2019

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in the Maternal Health Setting

Over the past few months, I have initiated conversations on Instagram surrounding Maternal Health issues, Healthcare challenges, and the ways the Health and Legal world intersect. These conversations are starting points for patients, providers, attorneys, and others who may not know what goes on in the health and legal world and how engagement in both […]

Sept 18, 2019

CMS Clarifies Home Health Agency Regulations Regarding Face-to Face-Encounters and Home Care Authorizations

There has been conflict and confusion in statute, regulation, and manual instructions when it comes to Medicare coverage policies for home health agencies. NAHC recently sought clarification. What Happened The CARES Act allowed for more flexibility than the regulations in who could conduct a face-to-face encounter, however, the regulations and manual instructions were not updated […]

Sept 18, 2019

Healthcare Fraud Is Serious and the Feds Don’t Play

Healthcare practitioners are susceptible to fraud. It can come in many forms, but it is often seen through the need for increased revenue. What seems like a minor fix to earn a couple of extra dollars can turn into a healthcare fraud frenzy.The CEO of Team Work Ready fraudulently submitted claims for therapy services that […]

Sept 18, 2019

HIPAA is More Than a Policy, It is the Law

The Violation A HIPAA violation is a failure to comply with any aspect of HIPAA standards and provisions. HIPAA violations are more common than you think. In May 2020, a nurse threw away documents that contained PHI in a regular trash can — which was a common practice in her office. Her employers found out […]

Sept 18, 2019

Reported to the Board of Nursing, Now What?

The biggest threat to a nurse losing their license is not a malpractice suit brought by a patient, but by a substantiated claim that is reported to the board. The process to filing a complaint against a nurse who may have violated a nursing law or rule is open to anyone who may have knowledge […]