Whether you’re very experienced or just beginning the medical eye care model, Dr. Joe DeLoach and Practice Compliance Solutions can help you integrate medical billing into your Pearle Vision eyecare center. He is also a renowned authority on compliance (see below).
Dr. DeLoach is a recognized author and teacher, who has practiced optometry in Dallas, Texas since 1982. He has served as an educator and Clinic Director at the University of Houston Eye Institute, been on the Texas Optometry Board, Texas Optometric Association and continues to serve as an optometric advisor to Medicare.
Changes in optometry make it critical for eyecare centers to adopt a philosophy of real primary eye care. Dr. DeLoach can help you navigate the current challenges facing optometry.
Technology is part of that transformation but he can also show you how to provide medical care using what you currently have, and lay the framework for a structure which down the road may encompass high end technology.
Dr. DeLoach is a renowned authority on compliance
Although the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been in effect since 1996, many optometrists and franchisees are still not sure of how to comply with the law. In addition, several important changes to the law were enacted on September 23, 2013 and many providers are not aware of the new regulations. So, how do we comply with the “New and Improved” HIPAA of 2014? First, you’ve got to understand basic HIPAA documentation requirements.
If you are investigated by the Federal Office of Civil Rights or the State Attorney General’s Office, you must be able to produce the following documents:
1. Privacy Manual
2. Security Manual
3. Notice of Privacy Practices
4. Acknowledgement of Notice of Privacy Practices
5. Evidence of Staff Training and Re-training
Second, if you have not done so already, go back to your Privacy Manual and your Notice of Privacy Practices and make the necessary changes to bring these documents into compliance with the new HIPAA regulations. Remember, these changes vary from the definition of a HIPAA information breach to the way we market products and services to our patients. It’s a little bit of work, but it’s got to be done.
Dr. Joe DeLoach is a recognized speaker, author, and teacher. He has practiced optometry in Dallas, Texas since 1982. If you need help, updated Compliance Manuals are available from Practice Compliance Solutions.