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22
May

The 2020 PI and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception Application Window is Now Open! Promoting Interoperability (PI) is the latest rendi...

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15
May

A recent decision in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that the HHS limit on fees was impermissible.

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15
May

The USPSTF released updated guidelines on abdominal aortic aneurysm screening in December 2019, adding verification of the benefit of AAA screening.

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15
May

Practices don’t always know what options they have when it comes to procuring VRI service, or they don’t know where to start.

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15
May

LAMMICO has created a page on our website where we post resources related to COVID-19.

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15
May

LAMMICO is offering a complimentary webinar for insureds titled “Prescribing in the Year 2020 & Beyond” presented by Kenneth E. Rhea, M.D., FASHRM.

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15
May
Coming Soon

An info graphic detailing physician burnout and suicide report for 2020.

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13
May

Reminder: Federal and LA State Financial Resources

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08
May

The Arkansas Medical Society (AMS) has received some clarification from the Arkansas Department of Health on its April 27, 2020 Directive on Resuming...

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06
May

Healthcare providers who diagnose cases of COVID-19 in patients that fit into the following three categories should immediately report them to LDH usi...

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05
May

On May 3, 2020 the CDC added information to its guidance for pediatric healthcare providers regarding the incubation period and clinical presentation...

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30
Apr

COVID-19 has brought great challenges and adjustments in both practice and protocol decisions.

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30
Apr

LAMMICO has prepared two resources containing information that may be useful to you as you prepare for reopening and resuming your practice

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29
Apr

In order to avoid further harm from underlying time sensitive conditions or diseases, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has permitted the resum...

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29
Apr

LAMMICO has developed a new Members Only resource that is populated with the Louisiana Medical Disclosure Panel forms with the list of procedures and...

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25
Apr

LAMMICO has prepared two documents containing information that may be useful to you as you prepare for the reopening and resume your practice.

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22
Apr

Documentation, always key to the practice of medicine and defense of claims, is now even more critical due to many challenges posed by COVID-19.

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22
Apr

Louisiana law and certain federal statures are favorable for a healthcare provider whose treatment of patients here in Louisiana is called into questi...

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17
Apr

Executive Order 20-18 grants limited immunity from liability for medical emergency responders (including physicians and other specified healthcare pro...

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17
Apr

A message to LAMMICO insureds from J. Michael Conerly, M.D., MBA.

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16
Apr

LSMS continues to work with national organizations and Congressional leaders to have physician and medical practice sustaining provisions included in...

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15
Apr

Allied Health Professionals may provide services to clients in the state of Louisiana separated by distance from the provider by using telehealth, or...

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15
Apr

A summary of some of the key aspects of the CARES Act grant as posted on the HHS website.

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15
Apr

CS Modifier Needed on Medicare Claims Resulting in Covid-19 Cost-sharing does not apply for COVID-19 testing-related services, between March 18,...

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14
Apr

Last week, the Arkansas Medical Society (AMS) and a coalition of other healthcare organizations sent a proposed Executive Order to Governor Asa Hutchi...

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09
Apr

On March 31, 2020, Proclamation Number 38 JBE 2020 was released and is to remain in effect during the public health emergency unless earlier terminate...

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09
Apr

On March 28, 2020, the HHS/OCR issued a bulletin reminding healthcare providers of their obligations under civil rights laws that prohibit discriminat...

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09
Apr

To help navigate the frenzied changes and various billing scenarios that have quickly emerged with the COVID-19 public health emergency, LAMMICO has p...

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07
Apr

This article contains information from OCR, CDC, FBI and CISA regarding cybersecurity and social engineering.

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03
Apr

The HHS/OCR has issued a notification of enforcement discretion as to allowable uses and disclosures of PHI by business associates (BA) for public hea...

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03
Apr

The presentation will provide an overview of the types of assistance available for small business with particular emphasis on the healthcare specific...

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03
Apr

The LSBME provided straightforward guidance about Board changes to parts or clauses of certain rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic and proclamations by...

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03
Apr

On March 30, 2020 CMS issued guidance providing additional flexibilities for hospitals to set up temporary expansion sites to increase capacity to car...

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01
Apr

On Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 12 p.m., employment attorneys A. Kevin Troutman and Lariza Hebert will present a 90-minute webinar on the Families First...

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30
Mar

In honor of National Doctors’ Day, we would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to physicians who have dedicated their lives to carin...

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30
Mar

Louisiana Department of Insurance has issued Emergency Rule 40 placing a moratorium on cancellation and nonrenewal of insurance. This applies to your...

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28
Mar

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, LAMMICO has received many questions similar to the following: “A patient is presently located out...

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28
Mar

OCR guidance clarifies the regulatory permissions that covered entities may use to disclose Protected Health Information (PHI) to first responders and...

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27
Mar

When conducting telemedicine consultations, physicians should look to the patient’s state for guidance on the rules for telemedicine and the requireme...

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27
Mar

COVID-19 has been added to the Class A Diseases in the State of Louisiana, which means that physicians have a mandatory reporting obligation to the St...

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27
Mar

Arkansas physicians and other healthcare providers have immediate mandatory reporting obligations to the Arkansas Health Department (ADH) of confirmed...

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26
Mar

The Louisiana Department of Insurance (DOI) extended Emergency Rules 36 and 37 on April 8, 2020, which will remain in effect until May 12, 2020.

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26
Mar

Healthcare is now being rerouted from face-to-face encounters to delivery via telehealth.

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25
Mar

As medical providers continue to work, it must be considered how the actions by federal, state and local authorities might affect litigation between C...

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24
Mar

Telehealth/Telemedicine (telehealth) coverage for patients located within an insured provider's state is already covered by your LAMMICO policy.

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24
Mar

The OCR recently issued a Notification announcing OCR will waive potential HIPAA penalties against healthcare providers in connection with their good...

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20
Mar

The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health (LDH/OPH) recently adopted an Emergency Rule that adds coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)...

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18
Mar

LAMMICO is closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 in order to ensure continuity of service to our insureds and to protect our employees.

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10
Mar

The case suggests that federal courts may be reluctant to allow plaintiff attorneys to add hospital defendants using allegations that properly fall wi...

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27
Feb

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing the healthcare community today.

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27
Feb

LAMMICO is offering two new one-hour education courses on “Workplace Violence in Ambulatory Care”—one for physicians and one for practice managers.

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27
Feb

LAMMICO has created two new educational activities to help with documentation in the electronic health record.

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27
Feb

Physicians who treat patients for pain may benefit from reviewing a report from HHS called Pain Management Best Practices.

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27
Feb

The 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule is being promoted by CMS as a vehicle to reduce clinical burden, ensure appropriate payment for Me...

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27
Feb

Practice managers can now access a report of their insured physicians’ and healthcare providers’ LAMMICO Risk Management (RM) Credit Balance.

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12
Feb

Physicians and other healthcare providers can prepare for more widespread cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus by taking advantage of these resources.

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05
Feb

Approximately 400 physicians in the U.S., more than one per day, die by suicide each year.

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22
Jan

There is a new feature on LAMMICO’s website available for practice managers and staff. After logging in as a Member on lammico.com, practice man...

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20
Dec

Wishing you and your families a very happy and healthy holiday season!

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12
Dec

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) has promulgated rules that modify hospital licensure requirements that may affect certain hospitals. This rul...

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12
Dec

A large quality improvement project has demonstrated that when facilities follow an enhanced recovery protocol for patients undergoing bariatric surge...

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12
Dec

In late September 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Omnibus Burden Reduction (Conditions of Participation) Fi...

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12
Dec

Is your hospital ensuring that your affiliated practices and clinics are adopting policies and procedures to account for deaf and hard of hearing pati...

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12
Dec

LAMMICO’s Patient Safety Award and Grant program is entering its fifth year. Since inception of the program, we’ve given more than $40,000...

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12
Dec

The patient safety organization ECRI Institute released its 2020 list of the top 10 technology hazards in healthcare facilities.

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12
Dec

In 2020, The Central Line will move to an email newsletter format and will no longer be mailed in a hardcopy edition three times a year.

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11
Dec

On December 4, 2019, the LAMMICO Board of Directors declared a 5% dividend, marking the 13th consecutive dividend since 2008.

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05
Dec

LAMMICO's Cyber Liability Insurance partner, NAS Insurance Services, LLC (NAS), was recently acquired by Tokio Marine HCC.

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12
Nov

Beginning with January 1, 2020 renewals, rate changes as approved by our independent actuary and the Louisiana Department of Insurance represent an ov...

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12
Nov

Act 426 of 2019 now requires prescribers to indicate on the prescription that more than a 7-day supply of an opioid is medically necessary.

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12
Nov

LAMMICO has produced a new series of controlled substance education to meet the requirements of Arkansas and Mississippi laws, in addition to our exis...

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12
Nov

A recent uptick in filings of federal suits against healthcare providers for alleged discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), p...

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12
Nov

The LSBME recently amended its telemedicine Rules so that it would not inadvertently prevent physicians from prescribing medication or providing other...

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12
Nov

Some of the biggest issues related to NPP billing have to do with the concept of “Incident to.”

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11
Nov

If you submitted 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data, you can now view your performance feedback including your 2018 MIPS final scor...

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06
Nov

We congratulate the following recipients who have been honored for the 2019 medical school year: Alex Miller, Pranav Bhargava and Hunter F. Douglas.

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09
Oct

Congratulations to the recipient of the 4th Annual LAMMICO Patient Safety Award and Grant: Jennings American Legion Hospital in Jennings, Louisiana, w...

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09
Oct

Plaintiffs frequently test the boundaries of the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act (LMMA) by arguing the defendant healthcare provider’s alleged negli...

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09
Oct

Did you know that all LAMMICO insured hospitals and eligible ambulatory surgery centers could earn up to a 10% discount on their LAMMICO renewal premi...

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09
Oct

LAMMICO offers insureds an annual opportunity to earn a 10% discount on their premium for completing risk management education.

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08
Oct

The handoff in medicine has been defined as a process “in which patient care and accountability is transferred from one clinician (or team of clinicia...

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02
Oct

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing the healthcare community today. The best way to protect your organization is to be proactive and rem...

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25
Sep

LAMMICO supports our long-time insureds, Dr. Abraham and Dr. Lord, as they run for elected offices in Louisiana.

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11
Sep

Failing to properly enroll in the PCF or choosing to not participate in the PCF, could leave you exposed to uncapped claims.

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04
Sep

Individuals throughout an organization have the ability to expose their organization to a wide range of security threats simply because they are consi...

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28
Aug

Physician burnout is costing the U.S. about $4.6 billion annually. LAMMICO offers resources to help healthcare providers avoid burnout.

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21
Aug

As hurricane season heats up, we recommend that you review the checklist below to ensure that you’re prepared in the event of a flood.

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31
Jul

Failure to follow-up or communicate test results can contribute to allegations of malpractice against a healthcare provider. One way to prevent this i...

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31
Jul

According to a recent study by Comparitech, medical and health records have become the top target for cybersecurity attacks over the past three years.

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30
Jul

Physicians may not realize that they are establishing a physician/patient relationship when performing an IME.

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30
Jul

Compliance with applicable laws regarding deaf and hard of hearing patients can be confusing, onerous, and costly, but smart and tactful planning in c...

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17
Jul

AM Best recently awarded LAMMICO an “A” (Excellent) rating for 2018.

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05
Jul

On June 28, 2019, CMS made available Comparative Billing Reports (CBRs) to dermatologists enrolled in the Medicare program. CMS has scheduled a free w...

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26
Jun

An Ohio urology practice was allegedly hacked earlier this month and agreed to pay a $75,000 ransom to unlock its computer system. However, there are...

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26
Jun

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Guidehouse to conduct data validation and audits of a select number of Merit-ba...

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21
Jun

J. Michael Conerly, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of LAMMICO, was elected to serve a three-year term on the Medical Professional Liabili...

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12
Jun

LAMMICO has created an online Physician Job Board as a tool for insureds to post and find open physician positions and to help practices fill open job...

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05
Jun

LAMMICO reminds policyholders of resources available to help you prepare in the event of a weather emergency to limit disruption to your practice.

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31
May

A message from President/CEO J. Michael Conerly, M.D., MBA, on his new role as President and CEO of LAMMICO.

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31
May

LAMMICO’s new one-hour continuing education course, “Workplace Violence in Ambulatory Care,” can guide you through a process that will bolster your pr...

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31
May

Our upcoming webinars offer CME and Risk Management Premium Discount Credit that may be used to reduce the basic limits portion of your LAMMICO insura...

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31
May

Every medical practice should be aware of the distinction between the “consent” of an individual and the requirement of an “authorization” by the indi...

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29
May

LAMMICO wants to take this opportunity to recognize Dr. Hines because of his significant contributions on behalf of Louisiana physicians.

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27
Mar

Louisiana law does not set the copy fees for a patient record request. Pursuant to Title 45 Section 164.524 of the Federal regulations, a patient or h...

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26
Dec

Happy holidays from all of us at LAMMICO!

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19
Dec

The Board has elected Frederick J. White, III, M.D., as LAMMICO's Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2019.

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05
Dec

A Connecticut allergy practice has agreed to pay the OCR $125,000 and adopt a corrective action plan to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Priva...

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26
Nov

Effective August 1, 2018, Louisiana has a new and expanded definition of personal private information.

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19
Nov

At the end of a person's life, his or her family may have very different views on medical care, putting the healthcare provider in the middle of famil...

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19
Nov

Many healthcare providers likely don’t know that certain types of surgical procedures performed in an office require specialized record-keeping.

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19
Nov

Physician burnout has been present for about 20 years, but it has not been actively acknowledged until the past decade. We present some details about...

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19
Nov

An example of a claim that resulted in an uncapped exposure is discussed - a claim brought by a third-party alleging negligent discharge.

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19
Nov

Beginning with January 1, 2019 renewals, rate changes as approved by our independent actuary and the Louisiana Department of Insurance represent an ov...

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15
Nov

Under the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act (“the Act”), damages are limited or “capped” at $500,000 plus medical expenses in cases filed against heal...

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15
Nov

The LAMMICO Risk Management Hospital Premium Discount Program was established to reward hospitals and eligible ambulatory surgery centers that improve...

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15
Nov

Could the healthcare professionals at your facility be carefully following hand hygiene protocols but still spreading bacteria via their stethoscopes?...

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02
Nov

You can still avoid a QPP Penalty without an EHR! Do you see the N700 remark code on your Medicare EOBs? If your EOBs from Medicare include this remar...

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31
Oct

In today’s constant barrage of technology warnings, it is easy to overlook the dusty old fax machine in the corner.

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17
Oct

News about cybersecurity threats fills our inboxes daily, and the information can be difficult to process. As cybersecurity threats and regulations co...

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03
Oct

Is a staff member’s use of a patient’s full name in the waiting room considered a HIPAA violation?

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28
Sep

The Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) have issued congruent rules governing physician...

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28
Sep

To address this growing and often unrecognized issue of nursing burnout, LAMMICO has developed a continuing education program designed specifically fo...

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28
Sep

The ADA compels healthcare providers to accommodate patients with disabilities, including allowing some types of animals in the treatment room.

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28
Sep

The applicable laws relating to audio-visual recording in a healthcare setting are frequently misunderstood.

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28
Sep

LAMMICO insures hospitals, facilities, physicians and mid-level providers – giving you the benefit of working with a single carrier to effectively cov...

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05
Sep

There are still a lot of pieces that need to fall in place before a Louisiana patient can walk into a medical office and ask for marijuana.

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22
Aug

Organizations should consider whether their process for disposing of electronic devices and media does so in a secure manner.

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13
Aug

One of the most talked about recommendations of the 2019 QPP Proposed Rule is the proposed changes to the current Evaluation and Management (E&M) code...

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08
Aug

One effective but underused technological shield healthcare providers can wield against modern-day security attacks is encryption: usually free, readi...

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20
Jul

What should you do if a federal investigative agent shows up at the door of the company that you work for?

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20
Jul

There are many things that healthcare providers or their office staff do that could potentially result in a False Claims audit or investigation.

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11
Jul

The LSBME and the LSBN have issued congruent rules governing physician collaboration with APRNs required to have a collaborative practice agreement.

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22
Jun

Log in as a Member at LAMMICO.com to access Practice Solutions’ newest resources on HIPAA.

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30
May

Breaches are not always accidents. Current and former healthcare employees are the biggest threats to patient HIPAA privacy.

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16
May

If you don’t check federal and state exclusion lists, you may not be able to keep the payment checks!

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