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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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E-Prescription Pitfalls

The job of a physician or nurse is filled with many responsibilities; even while attending to a patient and their needs, they must also be very diligent in their actions to provide the best care possible. Electronic prescriptions are a subject of concern, particularly between the roles of health care workers and their responsibilities. Fortunately, […]

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Patient-Physician Relationships

The most important component of a patient-physician relationship is trust. When present, it can enhance treatment and improve outcomes. Without it, both parties can end up with less than optimal results. It can be difficult for many patients to be completely open with their doctors, since they might be uncomfortable sharing certain information. If a […]

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Social Media Tips for Physicians

Every action has a reaction, especially when it comes to social media. Given today’s political climate, highly expressive and controversial comments have become standard. People can react with unrestrained emotions, and a seemingly innocuous post can lead to dire outcomes. As physicians become more involved with social media, they should remember to maintain a sense […]

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New Anti-Kickback Provisions

To address this country’s opioid crisis and healthcare fraud, the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) was passed last year by Congress. This Recovery Act falls under the SUPPORT Act umbrella and expands the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). EKRA includes additional provisions that apply to some laboratory and facility referrals and services. The […]

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