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HIPAA – Recent Court Decision Impacts Medical Records Fees Chargeable to Third Parties
By William Dillon, Esq.   
Friday, 21 February 2020
On January 28, 2020, the HHS Office for Civil Rights posted a notice regarding “Individuals’ Right of Access to Health Records.”  The notice was in reference to a recent court order entered by the United States District Court of the District of Columbia in the case of Ciox Health, LLC, v. Alex Azar, et al., No. 18-cv-0040 (D.D.C. January 23, 2020).  The Court’s opinion, which is heavy in its discussion of the application of the Federal Administrative Procedures Act, declared as unlawful HHS’s position with regard to the charging of fees for medical records directed to third parties.  The opinion also addressed the format in which medical records are directed to third parties. Of particular interest to covered entity medical providers and medical records copying companies is the Court’s opinion that HHS’s 2016 Guidance relating to the charging of fees for medical records directed to third parties is unlawful. 
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The New Human Trafficking Law and Designated Massage Establishment Managers
By FCA Asst. General Counsel Kim Driggers   
Thursday, 05 December 2019
The 2019 Legislative Session passed a good bill on Human Trafficking which purpose is to reduce the significant human trafficking problem in Florida, the third leading state for it in the U.S.  All physician offices, massage establishments, and the hotel industry were impacted by the bill.  An unintended consequence of the bill impacts those chiropractic offices holding a massage establishment license. 
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What You Need to Know About Florida's New Human Trafficking Law
By the FCA   
Friday, 08 November 2019
Florida's new human trafficking law requires healthcare professionals to learn about human trafficking to be able to better recognize it, and to educate their staff with signage in their office.  READ ALL ABOUT IT in the FCA Journal issue just mailed to all FCA members and which you should receive during the week of November 11th. The FCA has made it easy for members to comply.  Read on for more details and for access to the required poster/signage.
FCA Update – Hemp and CBD
By Kim Driggers, FCA Asst. Gen. Counsel   
Wednesday, 03 April 2019

FDA and FTC Issue Warning Letters to Three CBD Companies

The ambiguities surrounding the use and distribution of CBD products is intense.  While several bills on CBD and Hemp move through the Florida Legislature to seek clarification and establish requirements in Florida, yesterday the FDA issued a statement announcing new steps and actions it is taking on the lawful marketing of appropriate cannabis and cannabis-derived products.   

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It’s Here on July 1st – Direct Primary Care Includes Chiropractic
By Kim Driggers, FCA Asst. General Counsel   
Tuesday, 26 June 2018


If you haven’t read it yet, please read about the new, July 1, 2018, Direct Primary Care (DPC) law, in the April/May/June edition of the FCA Journal.  Florida is now added to the list of only 16 states of the 25 states in the country with Direct Primary Care laws for chiropractic physicians.  What does this mean?  Now you are able to contract directly with patients and employers for a monthly set fee for services you agree upon, without the hassles of insurance.  Is this true?  Yes, the law specifically provides that these agreements are not insurance and you are not bound by Florida’s insurance laws.   

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  • Higher Exempt Salary Levels – Or Not. Where Do We Go From Here?
  • The Department of Labor Announces New Exempt Salary Levels and Implementation Date
  • Have you verified license status of employees/contractors lately?
  • Free Affordable Care Act Compliance Manual Now Available to Members
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