Letting your guard down, even for a second, when responding to a subpoena for the release of medical records can have dire consequences for your practice.
There are some subpoenas you should never respond to, some that limit the patient information you can send, and others that require you to submit everything requested. Not responding at all really isn’t an option, and if you choose to send every single subpoena that requests the release of medical records to an attorney, you’ll end up paying thousands in legal fees.
Toeing the line between what you MUST release and who can really receive the information is stressful, time-consuming, and riddled with compliance issues. All it takes is one wrong decision related to who, what, when, or how you respond to a subpoena request for the release of medical records, and your risk of being hit with expensive penalties and traumatic lawsuits skyrockets.
The good news is that with some expert input, you can significantly reduce your legal and financial risk when responding to subpoenas for the release of medical records. Healthcare attorney Michael R. Lowe, Esq., is presenting a 60-minute online training session that will walk you through how to protect yourself and your practice from the most common and risky subpoena response mistakes.
Here are just a few of the expert strategies you’ll receive during this training that will help you more accurately respond to subpoena release of medical records requests and avoid the costly consequences innocent errors can bring:
- Prevent releasing patient information beyond the scope of the request
- Avert trouble by not responding to a document subpoena too quickly
- Don’t be fooled into releasing records just because an attorney made the request
- Head off release errors with specific questions you should always ask
- Reveal when you can release patient records WITHOUT a release
- Know your rights surrounding subpoenas, civil investigative demands, or audit requests for records
- Pin down when you should call your attorney -– and when you can handle it alone
- Reduce risk when responding to requests for records for minor patients
- Bulletproof your patient records release policy with simple modifications
- Determine when you should NEVER release patient records to insurance companies
- Avoid missing deadlines for complying with medical records release requests
- Pinpoint when State or Federal medical records’ laws apply
- Differentiate between a judge’s subpoena and a records request—and correctly respond
- Identify which records you should never release, even with a subpoena
- And much, much more…
The financial and legal implications for your practice can easily go from bad to worse if you don’t know how to respond to legal communications that request the release of medical records. Even an innocent mistake can escalate into a costly legal nightmare.
It isn’t IF you’ll receive a legal notice, but WHEN. Don’t risk your practice’s survival by not correctly responding to subpoenas and other legal notifications. Sign up for this attorney-led training to learn exactly how to respond more accurately to these requests and protect your practice. Don’t wait, Sign up today!
Michael is board certified in health care law by The Florida Bar. As Managing Partner of Lowe & Evander, P.A., his practice focuses on all aspects of business, corporate, transactional, litigation, regulatory, operational, and administrative matters in the health care law arena.
Emphasizing the representation of physicians and physician group practices, Michael regularly represents clients in litigation, medical records, and HIPAA privacy regulations issues, managed care contracting and reimbursement matters, the preparation, review, and negotiation of physician employment agreements, Medicare/Medicaid fraud and abuse prevention, federal Stark Law matters and analysis, defense and reimbursement issues, ACA matters, medical staff privilege cases, professional licensure and disciplinary actions, voluntary self-disclosure cases, physician-hospital contracts, compliance plan development, and health care regulatory analysis and counseling matters.
Michael’s practice areas also include the representation of hospital medical staff, IPAs, ambulatory surgery centers, durable medical equipment providers, diagnostic imaging centers, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other health care professionals and providers.
The webinar and speaker were great! It was concise and done within a good time frame.