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What are the Basics of the Stark Law?

The medical field is highly regulated. That is no surprise to you. But what may come as a surprise to some medical professionals is that they could be making illegal referrals. The restriction on referrals can be a challenge for physicians practicing in a group practice or clinic where some owners overlap. Under the Stark […]

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What Stark Law Changes Should Doctors and Others Know about for 2022?

Doctors and health care employers have benefited from some loosening of Stark Law restrictions during the pandemic. These have been implemented to help physicians provide care more readily to patients and try to mitigate the spread and damage of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These exceptions were integral in finding new solutions and creating novel ways to […]

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How Should I Handle a Medical Board Complaint?

When a physician receives a complaint, it can be a nerve-wracking experience. Being accused of wrongdoing is a punch to the gut; it is the exact opposite of the medical care physicians look to provide. However, even if there is no foundation for the allegation, the medical board may still take any complaint seriously, and […]

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What Should Doctors Know About Non-Compete Clauses?

A non-compete clause is the most common type of restrictive covenant. A non-compete clause limits a doctor from practicing a certain type of medicine in a particular geographic area for a specific period. The reason for such an agreement is to prevent a doctor from opening a practice and stealing patients from the previous practice. […]

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What Actions can Cause Stark Law Violations?

There are many duties that are time-consuming for practicing physicians. It can be difficult to balance patient care, work with colleagues, and other job duties. While trying to balance everything, there are certain issues that pertain to medical practice that must be always considered and kept in mind, like avoiding Stark Law violations. Stark Law […]

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What if I am Wrongfully Terminated from My Medical Residency Program?

Becoming a doctor is a challenging process that requires dedication, skill, and the ability to work under difficult conditions. Getting into medical school is also challenging. Those who are talented and fortunate to get into residency programs can continue working toward their goals. Sometimes, residents can be wrongfully terminated from their programs and are left […]

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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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