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CCH Expands Online Health Law & Compliance Integrated Library with EMTALA, HIPAA, Risk Management Titles

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., April 2, 2007) – The CCH Health Law & Compliance Integrated Library, which brings together the resources of CCH and Aspen Publishers in an integrated online environment of the CCH Research NetWork, now has three additional titles: The EMTALA Answer Book , HIPAA Compliance Handbook and Health Care Organizations Risk Management: Forms, Checklists & Guidelines. CCH and Aspen Publishers are part of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

These three new titles have been added to the seven resources that previously made up the Health Law & Compliance Integrated Library:

  • Civil False Claims/Qui -Tam Actions;
  • Health Care Fraud & Abuse Compliance Manual;
  • Hospital Law Manual;
  • Clinical Research Compliance Manual
  • Health Law and Compliance Update;  
  • Defending and Preventing Health Care Fraud Cases; and
  • Hospital Contracts Manual.

“The titles in the Health Law & Compliance Integrated Library offer the latest information on health law and compliance issues to help institutions stay compliant with rules related to a variety of critical issues and rules,” said Lauren Shohet Weiser, product manager. “Authored by top experts in the field, each of these valuable resources is accessed easily and leads users to the answers they need quickly and efficiently.”

EMTALA Answer Book

The EMTALA Answer Bookoffers practical knowledge and advice to prevent medical emergencies from becoming legal catastrophes. This title provides policies and procedures that help hospitals and affiliated clinics comply with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) to avoid all the legal land mines embedded in the law. The Answer Book shows how to reconcile patient needs with the cost-cutting demands of managed care while developing a trail of documentation to protect against EMTALA claims.

The EMTALA Answer Book covers over 150 key questions answered in a fast, convenient question-and-answer format, covering areas such as:

  • Can differential treatment alone risk an EMTALA violation?
  • What written policies does EMTALA require?
  • Does EMTALA apply to urgent care centers?
  • What are the EMTALA requirements for transfer of an unstable patient?
  • May a hospital obtain managed care authorization before the screening examination?

Mark M. Moy, M.D., MJ, FAAFP, FACEP, a full-time emergency physician at Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Ill. who has an in-depth understanding of the realities of emergency medicine, authored this title. His day-to-day encounters with EMTALA requirements make him uniquely qualified to guide readers clearly, expertly and safely through the law.

HIPAA Compliance Handbook

The HIPAA Compliance Handbook is intended for HIPAA coordinators, project managers, privacy officers, compliance professionals, health care record managers and others who have the responsibility for implementing the HIPAA Administrative Simplification rules. It contains easy-to-understand explanations of the legal and regulatory provisions as well as sample HIPAA-related policies, procedures, agreements, logs and reports. Helpful features include time-saving checklists and a s tate-by-state guide to medical privacy statutes.

The Handbook contains a methodology for performing a HIPAA compliance assessment, identifying the gaps, evaluating risks, implementing changes and monitoring results. It builds in-house understanding and expertise more quickly by shortening the HIPAA learning curve and saves time by avoiding blind alleys.

Patricia I. Carter, J.D., who provides advice to health care providers on HIPAA and other privacy and confidentiality laws, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rules, provider licensing, compliance programs, medical staff issues, provider contracting and other regulatory and corporate law matters authored the Handbook. In addition, Carter advises employers and health plans on ERISA, HIPAA and other health plan and benefits issues.

Health Care Organizations Risk Management: Forms, Checklists & Guidelines

Health Care Organizations Risk Management: Forms, Checklists & Guidelines is packed with real-world advice and organized for quick reference. This manual was developed by working professionals to help users formulate and implement effective risk management policy across a variety of facilities. It contains newly created forms and tools to assist risk management professionals in such areas as credentialing, information management, infection control, patient safety, disaster management, consent to treatment and claims management.

Background information and a host of case examples provide the reader with an applied context for the tools, guidelines and checklists found throughout the manual. Health Care Organizations Risk Management: Forms, Checklists & Guidelines also gives practical suggestions in such key risk management areas as communications, collaboration with key stakeholders in health care organizations, patient safety and education.

Fay A. Rozovsky and Jane L. Conley co-authored Health Care Organizations Risk Management: Forms, Checklists & Guidelines. Fay A. Rozovsky, J.D., M.P.H., DFASHRM, is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Legal Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She has extensive experience in developing risk management-oriented policies and procedures, tools and other documentation for hospitals, health care professionals, home health agencies, long-term care facilities and managed care organizations. Rozovsky is a former President of American Society for Health Care Risk Management and a well-published author.

Jane L. Conley, M.S. has worked in the healthcare risk management field for over 25 years. The majority of her career was spent in the professional liability insurance industry, developing and implementing risk management programs and tools for physician practices. She has authored and co-authored several home-study continuing medical education (CME) courses on loss prevention, a myriad of articles on medical-legal topics, and several loss prevention newsletters. She is a long-time member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management and the American Medical Writers Association and a member of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.  As a risk management consultant, she provides practice risk assessments and educational programs for physicians and their staffs.

Additional Information

For more information or to subscribe to any or all of the Health Law & Compliance Integrated Library, call 1-888-224-7377 (1-888-CCH-REPS) or visit health.cch.com.

About Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business is a leading provider of research products and software solutions in key specialty areas for legal and business professionals, as well as casebooks and study aids for law students. Its major product lines include Aspen Publishers, CCH, Kluwer Law International and Loislaw. Its markets include law firms, law schools, corporate counsel and professionals requiring legal and compliance information. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, a unit of Wolters Kluwer, is based in New York City and Riverwoods, Ill.

Wolters Kluwer is a leading global information services and publishing company. The company provides products and services for professionals in the health, tax, accounting, corporate, financial services, legal and regulatory, and education sectors. Wolters Kluwer has annual revenues (2006) of €3.7 billion, employs approximately 19,900 people worldwide and maintains operations across Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on the Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices. For more information, visit www.wolterskluwer.com.

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