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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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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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