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2 Regulatory Areas to Understand as You Search for a Job

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Here’s the most obvious statement of the year: Healthcare is overwhelming. With the industry rapidly developing in all directions and legislative battles being fought in all corners of government and regulations being written and rewritten on an almost-daily basis, it’s hard to protect yourself in all of the areas that could end up costing you money, either through lost reimbursements or fines.

Furthermore, as a busy physician (or advanced practitioner) who is also looking for a job, it’s difficult to make sure a potential employer is covering themselves across the myriad of areas that demand a practice or hospital’s attention.

Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, over at Physicians Practiceoffers up two areas that you should understand as you pursue a new job. These are part of her “to-do list” for physicians in 2015:

1. ICD-10

“Given the series of delays physicians and hospitals have already experienced over the past several years in relation to implementation, it may be wishful thinking that it could be delayed even further,” she writes. “With the effective date slated for Oct. 1, 2015, here are three items physicians should do now: 1) contact private insurers; 2) evaluate documentation practices both in the hospital and in the doctor's office; and 3) make sure EHRs meet the requisite standards.”

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that these three items are things that you should make sure a potential employer is already doing before you accept a position with them.


When you’re on a job interview, here are several questions to ask the interviewer about the organization and HIPAA: How do your policies and procedures stack up to HIPAA’s definition of compliance? Are there any areas that could be seen as noncompliant?

Have you had any breaches of patient data and security recently? If so, how long ago was this breach? What have you done to fix these weaknesses in your infrastructure?

Are you utilizing encryption at rest and in transit? Are you providing unique user IDs and passwords to your staff and clinicians?

As Rose observes, “Over the past year, more agencies than just HHS have issued fines and penalties for noncompliance. Companies have faced judgments in court under common law causes of action, as well as fines by insurance commissioners.”

The organization needs to be on top of these compliance standards, and if they’re not, look elsewhere.

As physicians and advanced practitioners who are looking for jobs, what is your greatest concern about an organization’s compliance with federal regulations beyond the potential fines and loss of reimbursements?

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