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What Are the Limits on Referrals?

Ideally, patients in the health care system have a team of providers working together to help them achieve optimum health and wellness. However, there are strict laws in place that often make it challenging for clinicians to collaborate. Self-referral and anti-kickback laws are designed to encourage fair competition in the marketplace. The Anti-Kickback Statute makes […]

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What Should I Do if I Have Been Kicked Out of My Residency Program?

Successfully completing a medical residency program is a critical step toward becoming a licensed doctor. Unfortunately, medical residency is one of the hardest steps for an aspiring doctor to finish. Residency requires long hours under some of the most stressful conditions an upcoming doctor could face. In some cases, medical residents could face violations during […]

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What Are Anti-Kickback Laws?

Anti-kickback laws were created to combat unethical behaviors and actions across the health care industry, such as fraud, abuse, and waste. Along with the Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) keeps checks on physicians and other medical professionals, and both need to be followed to the letter to avoid fines and other serious penalties. According […]

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What Are Common Disciplinary Actions Taken Against Medical Workers?

With years of schooling and experience comes the privilege of providing patients with the expertise necessary to move them in a direction toward good health. In return for a physician’s oath and expertise, patients place their trust in their physician. Nevertheless, physicians are still held accountable for many things. In fact, physicians may be held […]

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Can I Get My Medical License Reinstated?

The Pennsylvania state licensing board has the authority to revoke a physician’s license to practice medicine in order to protect the general public. However, physicians are entitled to due process and the right to defend their position if they are unfairly targeted or claims against them are unfounded. If your medical license has been deactivated […]

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What Are Some Exceptions to the Stark Law?

The Stark Law regulates the type of referrals doctors can make if they bill for Medicare or Medicaid. Often referred to as a self-referral law, the Stark Law prohibits doctors from referring Medicare or Medicaid patients to a practice where the referring doctor has a financial relationship. Even honest mistakes and violations of this law […]

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How Can You Avoid Stark Law Violations?

There are several federal laws that physicians and health care organizations must follow, one being the Stark Law. Stark Law forbids physicians from referring Medicare and Medicaid patients to receive designated health services (DHS) from entities the physician (or an immediate family member) has a financial relationship with. The law also prohibits the DHS from […]

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Do Physician Contracts Include Non-Compete Agreements?

A non-compete agreement prohibits physicians from practicing at a competing practice or hospital in a particular geographic area and for a specified period after leaving their job. This prevents physicians from stealing patients if they move to a different practice or plan to open up a practice of their own. While components help prevent turnover […]

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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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