By Susan Schmerler
No one desires to be sued. A lawsuit is an attack on one’s self-image, popularity, and livelihood. it's bodily, mentally, and financially draining. the aim of this publication is (1) to supply genetic counselors with various degrees of expertise and services with heightened know-how of the resources and tactics of the legislations because it can have an effect on their perform; (2) to provide them ideas for minimizing the possibility of their being named in a lawsuit; and (3) to supply assistance for the administration of present and rising occasions. this can be the 1st publication particularly addressing genetic counseling, in preference to basic healthcare hazard management.
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After finding in 1995 that the University of Pennsylvania Health System had fraudulently billed the Medicare program, the DHHS instituted a nationwide audit program of attending physicians and physician groups at other institutions. Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia was the subject of the first audit and paid a $12 million settlement. More recently, St. 4 Industry/Technology Industry, as we use the term, refers to the production and sale of medical devices, tests, and pharmaceuticals.
You must have reasonable safeguards in place to protect, limit the use or disclosure of your patient’s information to the minimum necessary. Glaring violations of HIPAA carry federal criminal consequences including fines as high as $250,000 and ten years in prison. 2 Legal Initiatives 19 ent aspects of healthcare. We will return to them in our discussion as and when they affect our practice. 1 Nondiscrimination Many states have genetic privacy acts. These acts define what constitutes a genetic test, what protections need to be in place to protect the patient’s privacy, and what points need to be included in the written consent for genetic testing.
Revocation of a license is the most severe consequence of medical discipline. Genetic counselors are not licensed in all states. 59 In those states, a mechanism for receiving and investigating such complaints has been established. In Utah,60 for example, the Commerce Department, Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing oversees the licensing of genetic counselors. An appointed Genetic Counselors Licensing Board assists and advises the division with the review and investigation of complaints.