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Do not use a family member as an interpreter

In a pinch, it can be very tempting to grab the nearest family member to help interpret for a patient. You can tell yourself "it is ok to do it this once" or "the patient's child speaks English" but in reality, this is a practice that should be avoided at all costs. Just because someone is bilingual does not mean he or she is qualified to be an interpreter.

The Stark Law: a basic overview of a complex statute

For a physician, navigating regulation and compliance is vital to operating a successful practice. By adhering to the correct legal guidelines, you can alleviate much of the anxiety and risk that comes with a failure to comply. Certain laws and regulations--such as the Stark Law--carry strict penalties as they deal with Medicare and Medicaid. A better understanding of laws like these can go a long way to running a legally sound practice.

Provider Implications of the Texas Telemedicine Policy

All over the United States, the telemedicine sector of healthcare has grown into an important component of medical treatment. It offers choice, convenience and access to consumers while paring down overhead and easing staffing stress.

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