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Opioid Laws Hit Physicians in Unintended Ways

The opioid crisis in America has spread to every state and city. With over 115 people suffering from drug-related fatalities daily, new laws addressing the misuse of opioid pain killers are being passed in many states. A reduction in the use of opioids is the main goal of opioid laws, which increased regulations for prescribing […]

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Physician Burnout

For most physicians, working long hours under stressful situations is their daily routine. Over time, this repeated pattern of being overworked can lead to burnout and a poor work-life balance. Recent findings by Locumstory.com show that more doctors are spending increased time at work. The study is based on responses from over 3,700 general and specialty […]

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CMS to Streamline Medicare and Medicaid Enrollment Process

To create a more efficient and convenient Medicare and Medicaid enrollment process for physicians, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have proposed a new pilot program. The program will include an updated enrollment application with improved provider screening for state Medicaid agencies that will use the same methods that are now in place […]

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Pediatric Practices Develop Sexual Harassment Policies

Sexual harassment in the workplace is an unfortunate reality for many employees. Harassment can happen in every type of workplace, including professional settings. Pediatric practices are somewhat unique workplaces. Often, only a few colleagues work together in a small and intimate office space.  Something as subtle as a doctor brushing against a staff member while […]

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Anti-Kickback Statute vs. Stark Law

Physicians and health care professionals should be familiar with and know the distinctions between the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and Stark Law. These laws apply to doctors receiving compensation for inappropriate referrals.  Understanding the differences between the two can avoid potential problems for physicians and their practices. Anti-Kickback Statute: The Basics AKS is a federal health […]

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Hospital Doctors Face Non-Compete Agreements

Many physicians have left private practices to work at hospitals, and there are several reasons for this migration. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) changed the landscape for healthcare, and certain doctors feel that the regulations can be a burden. David Chan, MD from UCLA, Stanford Oncology Fellowship, states that the only way to be compliant with […]

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Possible Changes to Drug Kickback Laws

At the annual Food and Drug Administration conference, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb suggested the federal laws that protect rebates circulated between pharmacy benefit managers, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers are due for a change. He offered that drug rebates currently protected by the federal government are partly to blame for rising medication costs and revamping the […]

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Opioid Kickbacks May Be Fueling Epidemic

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has intervened in five anti-kickback lawsuits against Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (Insys), the manufacturer of Fentanyl. In 2012, Insys received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Fentanyl to treat persistent breakthrough pain in adult cancer patients who developed tolerance toward around-the-clock opioid therapy. It is a spray […]

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Health Care Professionals Pursue Whistleblower Litigation

Qui tam litigation can be a complex and exhausting process. If the case is not settled and must go to trial, it can take even longer to reach a resolution. In a case that dates to 2015, United States of America, et al v. BlueWave Healthcare Consultants, Inc., et al. has yet to be fully […]

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Ridesharing Rivals Anti-Kickback Laws

An increasing number of patients are missing doctor appointments, blood draws, X-ray appointments, and other routine non-emergency testing due to lack of transportation. Statistics show that over three million patients each year will miss a medical appointment because of transportation issues. Many patients in rural areas have limited access to transportation for non-emergency medical appointments. […]

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