Practicing medicine takes more than just countless hours of study, passage of exams and additional preparation. In the United States, it also requires an official medical license from the state the doctor wishes to have their practice.
Regulations require physicians have a special license to prescribe controlled substances. The physician who wishes to offer these services to patients must generally receive a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration. Getting such a license generally involves completing requirements that can vary by state. The process is often connected to the state medical license.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently provided guidelines for health care providers who wish to have samples tested for the new coronavirus. The agency states all labs should preform risk assessments to identify and mitigate any potential risks and encourages caution when handling specimens.
Getting notification of an impending lawsuit is a stressful event. It is important for physicians who receive these notices to take the matter seriously, and act to protect their interests. Whether currently navigating a med mal allegation or not, it is wise for every physician to have a basic understanding of how they will handle these types of claims.
Running a private practice is not easy. The physicians that take on this role generally manage their business in addition to practicing medicine. This is a difficult balance that can include dealing with business planning and administrative needs while ensuring proper record keeping on top of providing quality medical care to patients.
Those who enter the medical practice generally do so because of a desire to help heal those who are ill. Like any profession, mistakes can happen. These mistakes can be purely accidental or result from negligence. Whatever the cause, a patient who suffers an injury due to the mistake may pursue a medical malpractice claim.
The United States Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS) may have begun operations for their Medicare Fraud Strike Force (MFSF) in Florida, but the scope of operations has broadened in recent years. As of 2018, the agencies now have operations open in ten cities throughout the country, including an MFSF up and running in New York.
Physicians, like anyone else in the job market, are generally required to sign a proposed job contract before accepting an offer for employment. This piece will delve into the two sides of the contract. First, it will discuss the provisions the physician should carefully review and second it will touch on the regulations the medical facility must navigate when drafting the agreement.
A small dental practice recently agreed to a $10,000 settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for an alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation. The case provides a lesson for all small private practices on the importance of navigating social media carefully.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently accused a neurosurgeon of partaking in a health care fraud scheme that cost the government almost $3 million.