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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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Stark Law Compliance Programs

Physicians who understand the importance of following Stark Law may wonder if setting up a compliance program for their practice is a good idea. There may be benefits for doing so, but there are also questions that should be addressed first. There are currently five major federal fraud and abuse laws that every physician should […]

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What Should I Know About Whistleblowing as a Physician?

The federal False Claims Act gives citizens an incentive for reporting parties who submit false claims or false statements. When the government successfully recovers monies in these cases, whistleblowers are entitled to a percentage, plus attorney fees. The United States Department of Justice recovers billions of dollars in these qui tam cases. Qui tam lawsuits are filed […]

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Provider Credentialing Biggest Issue for Medical Practices

Having a team of credible health care providers that is up to date on their credentialing is essential for worker efficiency within a medical practice. Without all the essential credentials, staff is not permitted to aid in any medical services. This can lead to a variety of issues for the practice itself, including lost productivity […]

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What Resources Does a Physician Have in Court?

Physicians can find themselves caught in lawsuits that affect their ability to care for their patients by challenging laws they worked to have passed or dealing with licensing issues, staff privileges, and malpractice. Having to face these charges can be overwhelming, and it is good to know that in addition to experienced physician lawyers, the […]

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What are the Top Disciplinary Actions Taken by Medical Boards?

Physicians rely on their medical license to continue practicing. If a physician abuses their medical authority, they risk losing their license. In order to assess whether one is acting as they should, the Federation of State Medical Boards acts as the governing body. The FMSB is an organization that prides itself on looking out for […]

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Potential Risks Involved in New Health Care Laws

The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced proposed changes to Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) that will continue to protect against Medicare and Medicaid fraud, but offer physicians greater flexibility to provide coordinated health care for their patients. The proposed changes will allow exceptions to these laws and ease the burden […]

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