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Women Face Less Opportunities in Medicine

A recent report published by health care staffing company, CompHealth, showed some concerning statistics about how female medical professionals still face gender discrimination. Their nationwide 2019 Women in Medicine study surveyed 700 women and men physicians about themes that included wages, opportunities, work/life balance, and sexual harassment. Making Sacrifices Women had a higher likelihood to […]

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Common Pitfalls Physicians Should Avoid

The path to become a licensed physician is far from easy. Countless hours of education and training are too valuable an investment to jeopardize with a lawsuit. By age 65, more than 75 percent of doctors in minimal-risk specialties and 99 percent of those in high-risk specialties will face a claim at some point. A […]

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Physician Employment Contract Basics

Like other new employees, physicians that enter into new employment contracts should hope for positive outcomes and good working relationships. All parties involved in the contract have certain obligations, and if these are not met, a breach of contract can result. It is essential for physicians to understand their contracts, as details can be misread […]

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Penn Medicine Settles False Claim Allegations

Recently, the University of Pennsylvania Health System, commonly known as Penn Medicine, agreed to settle allegations regarding fraudulent claims for fetal ultrasounds. The Justice Department claims that because the Maternal Fetal Medicine division at Pennsylvania’s Lancaster General Hospital (LGH-MFM) was understaffed, ultrasound reports for high-risk pregnancies went as long as 30 days to three months […]

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Disciplinary Actions for Physicians

Physicians are held to high standards of behavior, and preserving their public images is inexorably linked to maintaining their professional careers. Medical boards can take action against doctors that behave inappropriately on their own time or on the job, depending on the state. Medical licenses are issued by state medical boards, and they also have […]

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Should I Hire a Lawyer to Review My Physician Contract?

After making the extraordinary commitment to become a practicing physician, it is imperative to protect your interests and career with a sound physician contract. Not all contracts are alike. Enlisting a Philadelphia physician lawyer to review your employment contract puts you in the best position possible to begin your new career with peace of mind. […]

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New Legislation to Tighten Anti-Kickback Laws

Two Representatives have introduced the Promoting Integrity in Medicare Act of 2019 (PIMA), which if passed, will limit the number of exceptions permitted under Stark Law. Physicians are currently permitted to refer patients for certain in-office ancillary services, such as radiology and lab tests. PIMA would render many of these services non-ancillary unless determined to […]

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CMS Targets Spread Pricing for Managed Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a regulatory guidance plan that targets spread pricing in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This was due to concerns that certain Medicaid managed plans have not been reporting correct information about their costs. Spread pricing occurs when pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) charge […]

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Board Certification Recommendations

To practice medicine in the United States, individuals must complete an internship and residency in addition to their initial medical education. Most physicians continue to complete additional training in one or more specialties. Unlike a medical license, which is the minimum mandatory requirement to practice medicine in the United States, board certification is a voluntary […]

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Gender Pay Gap Among OB/GYN Doctors

The gender pay gap has received much attention in the media lately. From professional sports to corporate America, women are demanding equal pay for equal work. A recent study published in Fertility and Sterility sheds light on another sector with a significant gender pay gap: reproductive health care. Even though women make up 82 percent […]

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