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Monthly Archives: April 2016

IOWA LEGISLATURE AMENDS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DISCLOSURE LAWS

Posted in Medical Records, Mental Health, Release of Information

2016 Amendments Permit Disclosure for Care Coordination Only Under State Law One of the more challenging aspects of medical records management are federal and state legalities around release of substance abuse and mental health patient information. This year, the Iowa General Assembly passed legislation, Senate File 2144, to permit disclosure of otherwise confidential behavioral health… Continue Reading

Iowa Supreme Court Crafts An Avenue Of Relief For Employers Who Fail To Notify Injured Workers That Medical Care Is No Longer Authorized

Posted in Workers' Compensation

Even so, employers are best protected in giving statutory notice and medical providers are best protected in assuring that continued care remains authorized. Notification requirements imposed by Iowa’s workers’ compensation law upon employers authorizing care for an injured employee took center stage in a recent decision of the Iowa Supreme Court. In that case, Ramirez-Trujillo… Continue Reading

Paul Drey Addresses Iowa Medical Society Conference

Posted in Iowa Medical Society

Brick Gentry’s president Paul Drey twice addresses the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) at its Annual Conference in Coralville, Iowa this month. “Protect Yourself: The Basics of Employment Contracts,” illuminates considerations for physician employment agreements. The program synopsis raises important questions:  “The work does not end once you verbally accept a position. But does the offer meet your… Continue Reading