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What Should Physicians Know About Restrictive Covenants in Employee Contracts?

Restrictive covenants may be one of the most discussed yet least understood aspects of working in the medical field. They create parameters that can limit where a doctor or practitioner can work after finishing employment at a facility and for how long. Usually, it prevents a professional from building a client base at an established […]

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How can I Avoid an Anti-Kickback Violation?

There are many laws in place to prevent physician fraud and abuse, such as the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback laws. These are enforced by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health & Human Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and other government agencies. Understanding and following these laws […]

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What Should I Do After a Medical License Suspension?  

When a physician has their medical license suspended, it means that the state’s medical board has ordered them to temporarily stop practicing medicine. To return to practice, the provider will need permission from the state medical board. A license suspension occurs when a provider fails to meet certain standards and criteria, and medical boards do […]

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What Should I Do if I Must Undergo a Medical Board Investigation?

According to a 2019 study conducted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), nearly one in five Americans say they have interacted with a physician who they believe was acting unethically, unprofessionally, or providing substandard care. Some of these patients most likely filed a complaint with their state’s medical board, the entity that licenses […]

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Should a Lawyer Review My Physician Employment Contract?

While some contracts in the workplace may be straightforward, physician employment contracts are more complex. Health care is highly regulated, and these contracts can be complicated, especially for those with no legal experience. Once signed, physician employment contracts are legally binding. Signing them without guidance from a lawyer can lead to serious consequences later on. […]

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Can a Physician be Held Liable for a Negligent Referral?

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, referrals to specialists by primary care doctors nearly doubled between 1999 and 2009. Physicians make specialist referrals to ensure the highest quality of patient care. A physician might refer a patient to a specialist when they are struggling to make a diagnosis […]

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How Should Physicians Handle Defamation Claims?

Social media allows people to anonymously post about various topics. Statements can also go unchecked and may not even be based on facts. Many times, remarks, observations, and criticisms are completely unfounded and based on false misinformation. Physicians and other medical professionals are especially vulnerable to these kinds of statements, which is known as defamation. […]

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What Rights Do Foreign Medical Students Have When Facing Termination in Their Medical Residency Programs?

Foreign medical students who transition into American medical residency programs face unique challenges. Even if they have already obtained degrees in other countries, they can face disciplinary actions, termination, and other significant problems. If terminated, these students are unlikely to get into other programs. Being accepted into a residency program is not an easy task […]

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What is Medical Credentialing?

Medical credentialing ensures that physicians practicing in certain areas have all the essential education, skills, and experience required to practice medicine efficiently and safely. It acts as a safeguard that protects patients and allows them to have more confidence and trust in their providers. This kind of oversight also benefits doctors and medical organizations. This is […]

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What are the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Waivers for COVID-19?

Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, health care facilities must adapt to this new crisis that is overwhelming hospitals, doctors’ offices, and other medical facilities. Blanket waivers have been issued for policies under Stark Law, and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) has implemented a new policy in response. Adaptations during this time are meant to lessen stress […]

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