Regulatory and Compliance

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What new Sunshine Act rules mean for you

Industry must report gifts, payments, and financial interests

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Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) enacted various privacy and security protections related to patient health information. The majority of health care providers, including optometrists, are required to comply with HIPAA. Since HIPAA became law, there have been a number of regulations issued that govern how health care providers must protect the privacy of the patients they treat. Included below are resources and information to assist optometrists in complying with HIPAA.

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Encryption: Protect your patients and your practice

A simple, effective tool for data security

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Protect your practice with new HIPAA notices

New forms reflect changes to the law

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Updated HIPAA rules now in effect

AOA provides what your practice needs for new privacy protection rules

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FCLCA Compliance and Contact Lens Safety

The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (FCLCA) became law on February 4, 2004. The Act mandates that eye care practitioners, including optometrists, release contact lens prescriptions to their patients. It also requires contact lens sellers to verify the validity of contact lens prescriptions before releasing contact lenses to consumers. Included below is additional information regarding AOA advocacy regarding the FCLCA, how to report FCLCA violations and additional resources to assist AOA members with complying with the FCLCA and ensuring contact lens seller compliance.

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The Sunshine Act - What Optometrists Need to Know

Overview: The Sunshine Act, also referred to as the “Open Payments” Initiative, requires certain manufacturers that produce drugs, medical supplies and devices to publically report payments or “other transfers of value” they made to physicians (including optometrists) and teaching hospitals. Certain Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) will also be required to report annually to CMS ownerships or investments held by physicians or their immediate family, in addition to, payments and other transfers of value from the GPO to a physician that holds an ownership or investment interest in the GPO.

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6 HIPAA updates you need to know

Ask the Codeheads: Is your practice up to date on HIPAA?

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Exceptions to HIPAA rules on refill reminders

HHS offers new guidance on marketing exceptions

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