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Handling Online Defamation

With the growth of online review websites, physicians nationwide face increasing risk unwarranted defamation. No one want to hear disparaging remarks about them. When statements are false and have a negative impact on a physician’s practice, the remarks are especially troubling. Physicians have limited legal options for dealing with such a situation. HIPPA regulations may […]

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Physician Employment Contract Factors to Consider

If you are considering a position as a physician, it is important to be alert to certain issues when negotiating an employment agreement. While there would be many complex factors that a health care lawyer can help work out in more detail, there are also a few basic aspects of a contract to keep in […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers Discuss Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements

Confidentiality clauses are frequently applied in disputes between physicians and hospital medical staff.  These disputes may arise over issues such as denials of applications for privileges or suspensions of a physician’s medical staff privileges.  Resolving these issues between physicians and hospital medical executives with an agreement settlement is often seen as a reasonable alternative to […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers: Common Legal Mistakes Made by Doctors

Health care is one of the most regulated industries in America. As doctors in private practice, a careful juggling act must occur between caring for patients, running a business, and ensuring legal compliance. The Philadelphia health care lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates P.C. help physicians avoid discipline and administrative actions stemming from the […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers: When is a Physician Responsible for Stark Law Violations?

The Ethics in Patient Referrals Act or Stark Law was passed in part in 1989. Since its passage, the law has been modified frequently, most notably in 2010 with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Intended to prevent physicians from inflating health care costs by improperly referring patients to treatment facilities where they hold […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers: What Physicians Should Know About Restrictive Covenants

A restrictive covenant is a contract between an employee and employer that protects the employer from future losses when the employee leaves. These are common when new physicians work for large practices and hospitals because in time, the physician will move on to another practice or start a private practice of their own. Although the […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers: Anti-Kickback Compliance

For as long as there have been businesses, there have been schemes to tip the competitive scales. However, kickbacks tip the scales in ways that are less-than-fair. Such schemes become a serious issue in the medical profession because they inflate costs. Recent decades have seen a sharp increase in medical costs. The federal government believes […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers: Options for Terminated Residency

Many people dream of becoming a doctor so that they have a chance to help others. It takes an enormous amount of time and effort, not to mention substantial financial investment to realize such a dream. At minimum it involves four years of undergraduate work, four years of medical school and at least three years […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers: Stark Regulations and Requiring Referrals

The federal government passed regulations named after Congressman Pete Stark that aim to reduce the risk of conflict of interest when a physician refers a patient to another facility for additional care. Self-referral is the practice of referring a patient to a facility where the physician has a financial interest. The physician may be part owner […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers Discuss Kickback Fraud

Competition for health care business is strong. Every possible service from pharmaceutical manufacturers to providers of durable medical equipment has sales reps fighting for business. Some are careful to avoid violating Federal Anti-Kickback statutes while others are not. Doctors and health care facilities can easily become victims when unscrupulous sales practices draw them into violating […]

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