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Man With Dyslexia Sues the NBME

A man from Somerset County, New Jersey, who graduated from St. George’s University Medical School has dyslexia. He is suing the National Board of Medical Examiners for discrimination. He alleges that on two occasions he made a request for more time to take the test. Both times he was denied. His complaint states that he […]

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Contracts for Dentists

Federal and state laws have created a complex maze of legal requirements that place strict conditions and restrictions on employees in the health care field. Dental associates are among one of the many groups affected by these laws. At the onset of new employment, most dental associates are asked to sign a restrictive covenant, which […]

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Making Sense of the Stark Law

The Stark Law is a federal law which, in its first iteration, was first enacted in 1992. The general purpose of the law is to ensure that physicians are not personally profiting from referring patients to other medical providers. This law can be incredibly complex and interpretations of the law are still changing. Physicians must […]

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Debate Over Board Certification

There are many factors that individuals consider when choosing a doctor. While many of these factors may be personal ones, such as gender, age, proximity, or reviews from friends and family, one of the most important factors is often board certification. After individuals graduate from medical school and complete their appropriate residency, they become eligible […]

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Handling Online Defamation

With the growth of online review websites, physicians nationwide face an increasing risk of unwarranted defamation. No one wants to hear disparaging remarks about them. When statements are false and have a negative impact on a physician’s practice, the remarks are especially troubling. Physicians have limited legal options for dealing with such a situation. HIPPA […]

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Physician Employment Contract Factors to Consider

If you are considering a position as a physician, it is important to be alert to certain issues when negotiating an employment agreement. While there would be many complex factors that a health care lawyer can help work out in more detail, there are also a few basic aspects of a contract to keep in […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers Discuss Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements

Confidentiality clauses are frequently applied in disputes between physicians and hospital medical staff.  These disputes may arise over issues such as denials of applications for privileges or suspensions of a physician’s medical staff privileges.  Resolving these issues between physicians and hospital medical executives with an agreement settlement is often seen as a reasonable alternative to […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers: Common Legal Mistakes Made by Doctors

Health care is one of the most regulated industries in America. As doctors in private practice, a careful juggling act must occur between caring for patients, running a business, and ensuring legal compliance. The Philadelphia health care lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates P.C. help physicians avoid discipline and administrative actions stemming from the […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers: When is a Physician Responsible for Stark Law Violations?

The Ethics in Patient Referrals Act or Stark Law was passed in part in 1989. Since its passage, the law has been modified frequently, most notably in 2010 with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Intended to prevent physicians from inflating health care costs by improperly referring patients to treatment facilities where they hold […]

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Philadelphia Health Care Lawyers: What Physicians Should Know About Restrictive Covenants

A restrictive covenant is a contract between an employee and employer that protects the employer from future losses when the employee leaves. These are common when new physicians work for large practices and hospitals because in time, the physician will move on to another practice or start a private practice of their own. Although the […]

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