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.
Private investors are a big part of the health care market. But how are these entrepreneurs getting into markets that have strict rules against such relationships? In New York, for example, state law prohibits non-physician ownership in a medical practice. Yet, private investors have been able to break into this market.
Physicians may accept speaker fees for certain engagements. In some cases, the speaker fees may result from leading a course for others within the medical community. In others, the compensation may result from a talk given to share information about a new technique that may be useful for treating patients. Although it is often legal to accept such fees in certain situations, there are cases where acceptance is illegal.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced criminal charges against a New York ophthalmologist. In this case, the prosecution claims a physician fraudulently billed Medicare and private insurance companies for procedures that patients never received. According to the indictment, the ophthalmologist allegedly made these fraudulent charges from 2010 through 2017.
The acquisition of medical practices by private equity groups has increased in recent years. The reasons behind this recent trend vary depending on the details of each case, but a surface level discussion of the risks and benefits can provide some background into the jump in the rate of these deals.
Hospital billing disputes can have a negative impact on a private practice’s ability to care for their patients. Private practices can reduce the risk of these disputes by putting into place proactive measures. Hospitals and private practices throughout the country have found the following tips have helped to better ensure smooth payment:
New York officials have accused a Long Island doctor of selling prescriptions for opioids like Oxycodone and methadone. According to the allegations, the physician allegedly sold two million prescriptions over a five-year period at various locations throughout Nassau County.
A local cardiologist has filed a lawsuit against a hospital, the hospital’s operator and another physician for denying his application to admit patients within the facility. The cardiologist claims the accused have jeopardized the health of his patients and tainted his reputation.