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Can I ask patients to write me an online review? What about having a third party manage?

Provided by:  Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.

January  31, 2019

 

Question: 

 
Hi Jennifer,

Can I ask patients to write me an online review?  What about having a third party manage?

What do you think?  

Thanks, Dr. I
 

Answer:


First question:  No and Yes.  Technically under NYS Education Law s. 6530 medical practitioners are not authorized to use testimonials.  Other disciplines, for instance, dentists, CAN use testimonials.  Now, despite the restriction, many of your colleagues collect and post testimonials.  I am unaware of an instance where the OPMC has taken an interest in a practitioner solely for their use, or because of their use of testimonials.  If you are going to use testimonials, you need to have the patient's permission in writing - even if the statement in anonymously posted.  Don't forget that regardless of your license designation in NY, if you are a licensed healthcare professional, you are prohibited from claims of professional superiority - so if you want to have said you are the "greatest", safer with a patient saying that then yourself. 

If you're wondering what the AMA thinks - the applicable ethics opinion authorizes testimonials, but cautions on veracity and context - https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/article/ama-code-medical-ethics-opinion-physician-advertising/2010-05.   
confirm HIPAA allows for contact with patients for marketing
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Second question: You better have a Business Associate Agreement (ours are available here).  If you are giving patient names or contact information to a vendor to manage emails, that party needs a business associate agreement under HIPAA.   

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Have a question or comment for Jennifer?
Contact Jennifer at Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com or  at (516) 747-6700 x. 302.
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Can I ask patients to write me an online review? What about having a third party manage? - January 31, 2019 - Jennifer Kirschenbaum

Article

Can I ask patients to write me an online review? What about having a third party manage?

Provided by:  Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Esq.

January  31, 2019

 

Question: 

 
Hi Jennifer,

Can I ask patients to write me an online review?  What about having a third party manage?

What do you think?  

Thanks, Dr. I
 

Answer:


First question:  No and Yes.  Technically under NYS Education Law s. 6530 medical practitioners are not authorized to use testimonials.  Other disciplines, for instance, dentists, CAN use testimonials.  Now, despite the restriction, many of your colleagues collect and post testimonials.  I am unaware of an instance where the OPMC has taken an interest in a practitioner solely for their use, or because of their use of testimonials.  If you are going to use testimonials, you need to have the patient's permission in writing - even if the statement in anonymously posted.  Don't forget that regardless of your license designation in NY, if you are a licensed healthcare professional, you are prohibited from claims of professional superiority - so if you want to have said you are the "greatest", safer with a patient saying that then yourself. 

If you're wondering what the AMA thinks - the applicable ethics opinion authorizes testimonials, but cautions on veracity and context - https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/article/ama-code-medical-ethics-opinion-physician-advertising/2010-05.   
confirm HIPAA allows for contact with patients for marketing
.  

Second question: You better have a Business Associate Agreement (ours are available here).  If you are giving patient names or contact information to a vendor to manage emails, that party needs a business associate agreement under HIPAA.   

Looking for the KK Healthcare Exchange?  Click Here. 

MISSED OUR RECENT WEBINARS?  CLICK HERE ANYTIME!
Looking for HIPAA and compliance forms?  
Click here to visit our website.
Have a question or comment for Jennifer?
Contact Jennifer at Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com or  at (516) 747-6700 x. 302.
Interested in having Jennifer speak at an event or
at a residency/fellowship program?
Contact Jennifer directly at (516) 747-6700 x. 302 or at Jennifer@Kirschenbaumesq.com
Click here to learn about
K&K's Prepaid Legal Audit/Investigation Defense Now!