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Why Compliance is not a Secret Healthcare Lawyer’s Word

If you’re a healthcare company, whether you’re a healthcare start up or a mature healthcare company. You probably know that compliance is not a boring word. Compliance is something that you think about, it’s part and parcel of being in the health and wellness industry. It’s just what you do. It’s what you do as a company, you pay attention to compliance.

Political and Legal Shifts Harken Archetypical Health and Wellness Energetic and Spiritual Reversals

Hello. This is Michael H. Cohen, president and founder of Cohen Healthcare Law Group. And as you can see, I’m in my car. It’s just me talking to you, not exactly Jimmy Carter and his fireside chat but I am wearing a sweater, though not a sweater vest and albeit with a bit of neon underneath. It’s myself and my organic natural gluten-free state, here to report to you my latest thoughts on health and wellness and our evolution as a species and the evolution of law toward empowering health and wellness.

How to Empower the Arts of Healing through Law

Hello, this is Michael H. Cohen, President, and Founder of Cohen Healthcare Law Group. I have ditched the suit and tie for a more California look, here in lovely Carlsbad, overlooking some beautiful trees, and one of my corporate offices.

I’d like to talk to you about healing and healthcare, and health and wellness, why it’s such an amazing industry, and why we’re right there with you, passionately committed to improving health and wellness in this world.

Our Coaching Culture Helps You Navigate through Legal Compliance

Hello, this is Michael H. Cohen. Healthcare and FDA attorney and founder and president of the Cohen Healthcare Law Group. I was just sitting in my car driving on the way of Veggie Grill, when I’m sitting outside the lovely Veggie Grill here in this beautiful San Diego, with its sunny weather, and I was thinking about, how do we compete with the large law firms? Because I’ve been doing some SEO for my website, and I noticed that a lot of niche areas that I had successfully penetrated and thought I was pioneering…

Work Through the Thorny Knots of Healthcare Law

Hello, this is Michael H. Cohen, founder and president of Cohen Healthcare Law Group. I’d like to tell you why we are so passionate about the health and wellness industry, and why our team is dedicated to helping people, like you.

You see, we’re not just lawyers on the other side using our brains, and our heads, to help you think through weighty legal issues, thorny regulatory issues, enforcement hazards, liability challenges, and the thorny knots of the law sometimes imposes in the way of health and wellness businesses and practices.

How can MDs practice functional medicine without undue fear of legal risk?

Hello. Good morning. Good day. Good afternoon. Buenos Dias. Shalom. Wherever you are. I’m Michael H. Cohen, a healthcare and FDA lawyer. Today’s topic is how can functional and integrative medicine doctors practice without undue fear of legal jeopardy?

Functional Medicine & Multidisciplinary Clinic Legal Issues

Hello, this is Michael H. Cohen, I’m a healthcare and FDA attorney and the founder of and Michael H. Cohen Law Group. I’m going to talk today about multidisciplinary clinical healthcare practice. This is an issue that comes up again and again among my own clients. Typically you’ll have an MD or DL, a physician, collaborating with let’s say a chiropractor, an NP or some other kind of healthcare professional.

Health Coaching and Telemedicine

I’m spending an increasingly large percentage of my time counseling physicians who want to distance themselves from medical practice and move into more of a coaching world. Now, some physicians want to stay on the medical side. Others want to expand their practice and their role into more of an educator, assisting people with lifestyle changes and nutrition, but not serving in a clinical capacity.

Five Steps to Meet HIPAA Obligations and Privacy & Security Compliance

If you’re submitting claims electronically for reimbursement, you are under HIPAA. This subjects you to all the privacy and security obligations of HIPAA. Simply having an electronic medical record system that says, HIPAA Compliant, is not going to be enough.

Liability Protection & the Practice of Medicine for Non-Physicians

What’s the difference between a professional corporation and a general corporation, and why do you need each?

In most states clinical practice can only be provided through the professional corporation or PC. In this case a professional medical corporation. Using a professional corporation has several advantages:

Breaking Away Into Your New Practice and Common Insurance Issues

Let me talk for a moment about clarifying insurance issues.

If you are already employed within a hospital or medical group or within another medical setting and planning to breakaway, be sure to understand the existing arrangements that you may have with third party reimbursement carriers.

Avoiding Malpractice Through Strong Informed Consent Practices

Informed consent is critical in all areas of healthcare and medicine. It takes on even added importance when you’re suggesting a non-mainstream approach.

Safeguarding Your License & Avoiding Malpractice: Standard of Care in Integrative Medicine

Whether you’re practicing conventional medicine or integrative anti-aging or functional medicine, if there’s ever a hint of trouble medical boards will look to see whether you’ve covered the bases of standard of care. You may be using therapies or modalities that are not 100% mainstream. If so, you’ll want to follow these best practices.

Los Angeles Healthcare FDA Lawyer Regulatory Compliance

Los Angeles Healthcare & FDA Lawyer Michael H. Cohen speaks to nursing students about his interest in complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine and why he became a healthcare lawyer following his career as a Wall Street corporate lawyer and then professor at law schools and Harvard Medical School.

From Wall Street to Awakening: How to Bridge Your Passions & Expertise to Change the World

Julie Migneault, Energy Healer | Intuitive Coach, conducted this interview. Julie writes: “Have you ever wondered what you would do if you could bring your true talents and passions into your field of expertise? Do you have hidden passions that are asking to be expressed more fully? Michael H. Cohen journeyed from corporate Wall Street lawyer into a deep exploration of consciousness, meditation, yoga and healing. Bringing his passions and expertise together, he is now the leading expert on health care law, serving as a bridge between integrative and alternative medicine and the legal system.”

Telemedicine and Online Health: Legal & Regulatory Pathways to Future Medicine

Telemedicine legal expert Michael H. Cohen guides you through legal and regulatory pathways to future medicine, by describing legal barriers and opportunities facing online health and wellness ventures, including mobile health, e-health, e-wellness, and remote medical applications. Both U.S. and international start-up entrepreneurs must understand telemedicine, telehealth, and telepsychology legal issues when opening or operating Internet-based health companies.

Dietary Supplement Laws and FDA Regulations

Michael H Cohen, President of the Cohen Healthcare Law Group in Beverly Hills, California, discusses Dietary Supplement Laws and FDA Regulations. Michael H. Cohen is a healthcare and FDA lawyer who has taught at Harvard Medical School and written several books on legal rules governing integrative and complementary medicine.

Stark and Anti-kickback (Part 1): Self-Referral and Fee-Splitting

Stark and federal anti-kickback laws, and state self-referral, anti-kickback, and fee-splitting laws, continue to challenge healthcare providers and entities with their complex safe harbors and exceptions. Attorney, author, and speaker Michael H. Cohen explains the basics and how state self-referral and fee-splitting laws also have to be factored into any Stark and anti-kickback analysis. Not only physicians, but also medical spas and other entities in the health and wellness arena need to understand this nuanced area of healthcare regulation.

Stark and Anti-kickback (Part 2): Exceptions and Safe Harbors

Attorney, author, and speaker Michael H. Cohen explains exceptions and safe harbors for employment relationships, personal management contracts, space and equipment leases, and fair market value, under Stark and federal anti-kickback laws, and state self-referral, anti-kickback, and fee-splitting laws. These legal rules continue to challenge healthcare providers and entities with their complex safe harbors and exceptions. Not only physicians, but also medical spas and other entities in the health and wellness arena need to understand this nuanced area of healthcare regulation.

Stark and Anti-Kickback (Part 3): Compliance Tips

Attorney, author, and speaker Michael H. Cohen provides compliance tips relating to Stark and federal anti-kickback laws, and state self-referral, anti-kickback, and fee-splitting laws. These legal rules continue to challenge healthcare providers and entities with their complex safe harbors and exceptions. Not only physicians, but also medical spas and other entities in the health and wellness arena need to understand this nuanced area of healthcare regulation.

HIPAA in the Real World (Part 1): Why Compliance Matters

Healthcare & FDA lawyer Michael H. Cohen explains how HIPAA violations occur in the real world, and what HIPAA attorneys review to counsel clients in case of a data breach. Healthcare compliance is complex and demanding. HIPAA penalties have increased – so have HIPAA audits. Education is the best defense against expensive regulatory enforcement. Whether you’re a healthcare provider or someone who contracts with healthcare service providers (i.e., a business associate) and handles protected health information, learn about your HIPAA obligations and responsibilities.

HIPAA in the Real World (Part 2): Breach Notification

Michael H. Cohen, an attorney representing clients on legal issues in healthcare, wellness & lifestyle industries, describes breach notification and mitigation obligations relating to a HIPAA data breach. Organizations increasingly find themselves with compromised privacy and security of their protected health information (PHI). Knowing HIPAA regulations is a key to minimizing regulatory enforcement and organizational catastrophes.

HIPAA in the Real World (Part 3): Telemedicine & HIPAA

Focusing on telemedicine and HIPAA, healthcare lawyer Michael H. Cohen addresses the HIPAA compliance obligations of business associates and subcontractors. Under HIPAA, one who creates, receives, maintains, or transmits protected health information on behalf of another business associate is also a business associate and has HIPAA compliance obligations. In our growing telemedicine and mobile e-health economy, compliance liabilities increasingly fall on the IT vendors, consultants, billing companies, and even attorneys through whom electronic PHI flows.

HIPAA in the Real World (Part 4): Culture of Compliance

Healthcare & FDA lawyer Michael H. Cohen describes how training staff on HIPAA policies and procedures creates a culture of compliance to help minimize the potential for liability exposure.

Michael H. Cohen Health Care Lawyer for Psychologists

Healthcare attorney Michael H. Cohen explains how the psychology board, like the medical board, can discipline healthcare providers and expose them to liabilities at the boundaries of mental healthcare practice.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Legal Issues

“Complementary and Alternative Medicine Legal Issues”, Presented by Michael H. Cohen at the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education

Michael H. Cohen: Fee-Splitting Legal

Michael H. Cohen, a lawyer, returns to the theme of how federal (Medicare) and state law rules prohibit self-referral (Stark), fee-splitting, patient brokering by clinicians.

Michael H. Cohen: Unlicensed Medical Practice

Michael H. Cohen discusses legal issues related to unlicensed medical practice, fee-splitting, professional corporations, corporate practice of medicine, and the need for healthcare and business legal advice when structuring a medical spa or other clinical entity.

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