John is a Partner at Hirscher Law. He has served as a Hearing Officer in many cases around the country and is also on the American Health Lawyers Association panel of neutrals as both a mediator and hearing officer. In addition to hospitals and health systems, John represents medical and dental practices, physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals on a wide variety of matters, including medical/dental office operations, HIPAA compliance, contracts and contract/employment disputes. He also represents physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals in licensure and related administrative proceedings before various regulatory Boards, and manufacturers in the healthcare field in various types of product liability litigation.
2-Part Medical Records Training Series
The mishandling of medical records regularly causes violations that result in huge penalties and fines. This is because investigators can apply a violation to your entire patient base, depending on the cause – and penalties can really add up fast.
Two of the most common violation errors and legal nightmares are related to your patients’ access to their medical records, and inappropriate charges for medical record requests.
This is where healthcare attorneys John C. Ivins, Jr., Esq, JD and Jennifer Searfoss, Esq, CPOM, CHCI, CMCS can help. During their 2-Part online training series, Avoid Medical Records Release and Copying Fee Violations, you’ll receive clear actionable steps so you can protect yourself from making mistakes related to releasing and charging for your patient healthcare records.
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PART 1: Medical Records: Head Off Legal and Financial Nightmares for Easy-to-Fix Errors
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Releasing medical records is a financial and legal nightmare just waiting to happen. One wrong decision related to who, what, when or how you release patient information can leave you exposed to expensive penalties and traumatic legal charges.
Making things more complicated, medical records’ requests come from a variety of sources: patients, attorneys, the courts, custodial and noncustodial parents, schools, family members, other medical practices, caregivers, payers, hospitals, etc. Each source presents with its own set of rules that you are REQUIRED to comply with.
The good news is, that you can significantly reduce your legal and financial risk when it comes to releasing patient medical records. During this 60-minute online training session, healthcare attorney, John C. Ivins, Jr., Esq., will walk you through how to protect yourself and your practice from the most common and risky medical records release request mistakes.
PART 2: Avoid Costly Violations When Charging for Patient Medical Records Requests
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You’d think charging for medical record requests would be pretty straightforward, right? Well, if this is what you believe, it’s probably only a matter of time before you have to deal with a HIPAA complaint investigation.
Did you know that the third most investigated type of HIPAA complaint is due to patient access to their medical records? Knowing who you can charge for copying medical records, how much HIPAA regulations allow you to charge for medical records requests, and what should be included (or excluded) in those fees, is essential to keeping you out of legal and financial trouble.
Patients (and their legal counsel) requesting a copy of their medical records can easily land you in HIPAA hot water, unless you know exactly how to handle them. This is where healthcare attorney Jennifer Searfoss, Esq., CPOM, CHCI, CMCS, can help. During her 60-minute online training session, she’ll provide you with an easy-to-implement breakdown of these confusing regulations.
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Esq, CPOM, CHCI, CMCSPrincipal Consultant, Searfoss Consulting Group, LLC (SCG Health)
Jennifer focuses on quality improvement, revenue cycle management and strategic planning in this post-health reform world.
Prior to taking on the role as entrepreneur, Jennifer was the Vice President of External Provider Relations for UnitedHealthcare, a Minnesota-based health insurance company. From 2007 to April 2011, she established and led the Provider Communications & Advocacy unit. This enterprise asset reviewed and approved communications for the commercial, Medicare and Medicaid participating providers in the UnitedHealthcare network. She also solicited direct feedback on how to improve payer operations from the physician and hospital community, which resulted in higher provider satisfaction rates with the national insurance company during her tenure at UnitedHealthcare.
Before going behind the iron curtain, Jennifer served as the External Relations Liaison for the Washington, DC-based Government Affairs Department of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). As the External Relations Liaison, Jennifer coordinated MGMA advocacy efforts with other specialties and medical organizations. She also was the Government Affairs Representative for the Eastern & Southern Sections. She began her work with MGMA in August of 2001.
Jennifer has had the pleasure of teaching at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she taught health care law, international diplomacy and women & politics and at George Washington University teaching health care policy. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in health science and policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and law degree from the University of Maryland.Jennifer is a Certified Medical Coding Specialist, Certified Healthcare Coding Instructor and Certified Practice Office Manager by the Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists.