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Who Can File a Medical Board Complaint?

If you have ever been the subject of a medical board complaint, you know how important it is to respond promptly and with the utmost degree of professionalism. While a medical board complaint may feel like a personal attack on your reputation as a skilled and dedicated physician, you must act quickly to reach the […]

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How Should I Respond to a Disciplinary Action as a Medical Resident?

Before you were accepted into medical school, you must have successfully completed a very rigorous undergraduate program and applied to a number of competitive medical school programs. Once accepted, medical school is stressful enough without facing disciplinary action for a less-than-stellar academic performance, professional misconduct, or negligence. Unfortunately, even a minor blemish on your record […]

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How Do I Appeal a Disciplinary Action Taken by the Medical Board?

If the state medical licensing board has taken disciplinary action against you, this can have a significant impact on your medical license, your livelihood, and your reputation. In addition, if you face allegations of misconduct later, having a disciplinary action on your record can be very damaging. However, if you are being investigated for a […]

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How Can Resident Physicians Defend Themselves against Disciplinary Actions?

After graduating from medical school, things are looking up. You are excited about what comes next. Going into a residency program is the beginning of your new career, something you have worked toward for many years. However, something that often catches new medical residents off guard is the disciplinary actions and allegations they may face. […]

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What Do Physicians Need to Know about Proposed Policy Changes to Medicare?

When a Medicare patient sees his or her physician, they are only responsible for paying the standard co-pay that their policy requires. Thanks to longstanding laws and regulations, Medicare patients are not bombarded with unexpected and confusing out-of-pocket charges. Physicians are paid by Medicare under a fee schedule, and there are limits to the amount […]

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What Disciplinary Actions Do Medical Boards Take against Physicians?

As a practicing physician, facing disciplinary action or the possibility of losing your medical license can have very serious consequences, including damage to your reputation and your personal finances, as well as the inability to treat patients or continue practicing medicine. Depending on the specific details of the case and the severity of the charges, […]

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What Should Physicians Know about Restrictive Covenants?

Restrictive covenants, sometimes referred to as a non-compete agreement, often live within an employment contract. These clauses are designed to restrict your ability to leave your employer and work for a competitor or other medical facility. Because competition today in the health care industry is so fierce, hospitals and medical facilities of all kinds rely […]

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Three Pediatricians File Suit Against Hackensack Meridian Health for Age Discrimination

Three veteran pediatricians have filed suit against their former employer, Hackensack Meridian Health, for firing them in what was supposed to be a cost-cutting move, in favor of younger and less experienced pediatricians. Hackensack Meridian Health is one of the largest hospital and health care chains in New Jersey and operates a dozen acute care […]

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How Does the Stark Law Regulate Physician Self-Referrals?

In 1989, Congress passed the Stark Law as a response to concerns about physicians referring patients to laboratories in which the physician had a financial interest. Since then, the law has expanded to include other designated health services (DHS) and government-funded medical programs. The Stark Law, named after its congressional sponsor, was designed to cut […]

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What are the Basics of the Stark Law?

The medical field is highly regulated. That is no surprise to you. But what may come as a surprise to some medical professionals is that they could be making illegal referrals. The restriction on referrals can be a challenge for physicians practicing in a group practice or clinic where some owners overlap. Under the Stark […]

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