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May 2013




Physicians Improve Their Bedside Manner -- Because it Makes "Cents"

bedside mannerBy Scott Rees and William Ezzell

Recent studies have shown that medical providers can drastically reduce medical malpractice suits by simply exercising better bedside manner. Bedside manner and the way providers communicate (or fail to communicate) is increasingly being scrutinized as a way to help reform the health care industry in the form of lowering health care costs.

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NLRB Provides Guidance on Investigation Confidentiality Policies

Workplace SilenceBy Anthony Del Rio

In July 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) ruled that a blanket policy requiring confidentiality during all internal workplace investigations violates employees’ rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The ruling represented a somewhat conflicting position, because one of the primary reasons confidentiality provisions were put in place was to protect employees and witnesses from retaliation.

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New HIPAA Rule Brings Sweeping Changes

Locked FilesBy David Cole

The wait is over. The new HIPAA omnibus rule that the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued in January officially took effect on March 22, 2013. This means that covered entities, business associates, and subcontractors have limited time to ensure compliance.

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