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When Doctors Should Hire a Lawyer

Treating patients is a business and like any business, there are times when the advice of a lawyer is needed. However, many physicians are unsure when they need a lawyer and what kind. A physician would be wise to retain the services of a law firm that regularly handles health care related matters. There are […]

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Disciplinary Measures in a Residency Program

As a medical resident or post-graduate fellow there is a certain code of conduct that must be followed. Disciplinary action by a residency program is a major issue. Schools require administrators to document any disciplinary action taken against residency students. These documents will stay on school records and anyone with access will find information about […]

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Insight for Newly Hired Physicians

Now more than ever, doctors are choosing to work for others instead of owning their own practice. At the same time, physician contracts are not being renewed or are being terminated more frequently. Termination is happening on both ends, with one-quarter of doctors leaving their practices within three years, according to recent data compiled by […]

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What Physicians Should Know About Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive covenants are standard practice in the medical field. The purpose of these professional agreements is to protect an employer from losing business to exiting physicians. Many new physicians must agree to sign one if they are to become employed. Enforceable in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, area physicians should know the following things about restrictive […]

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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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