Achieving and maintaining efficiency in a medical practice is not an easy task. However, effective office management ensures a successful practice. Regardless of your specialization, your medical office requires effective practice management solutions to deliver optimal health care results. These practice management resources will ensure that you employ policies and procedures that will have a positive impact on your practice operations.
As of October 1, 2017, new privacy breach notification requirements came into effect under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). The new requirements set out circumstances when notice must be provided to the Information Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) with regard to the theft, loss or unauthorized use or disclosure of personal health information. To assist health information custodians in ensuring compliance with the new reporting provisions under PHIPA, the IPC has issued a guideline Reporting a Breach to the Privacy Commissioner for the Health Sector (September 2017). The guideline identifies the seven privacy breach situations that now require reporting to the IPC, including concrete examples.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the OMA have jointly established the Education and Prevention Committee (EPC). The EPC's primary goal is to educate physicians about submitting OHIP claims that accurately reflect the services provided, and that are in compliance with the law. To that end, the EPC prepares Interpretive Bulletins to provide general advice and guidance to physicians on specific billing matters.