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Another reason to have an experienced health care attorney review your employment contract

When reviewing your employment contract, please take a look to see if your restrictive covenant includes every location of the practice, and not just the location that you primarily work in. In a multi-office practice that can make a huge difference. Also please see if the covenant also includes the hospitals [...]

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Online Physicians Profile

Most states require that physicians keep their online physician profile up to date. Many physicians don't even know that they have a state official physician profile. Each state has different rules as to the timing of updating profiles. But they certainly require that it's updated by the time you renew your [...]

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Contracts and Routine Language

After all these years, it still amazes me how often young physicians and health care providers tell me that they were told to ignore the language of most of their employment contract as it was “boiler plate”. That is total nonsense. So-called “boiler plate” language is just as enforceable as any [...]

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Get Your Employment Contract Reviewed by an Attorney

I have reviewed many employment contracts with a provision that makes my blood boil. Some indemnification provisions include a section that makes the employee responsible to an insurance company to refund any money that is reclaimed in an audit if due to the employee using the wrong codes or having an [...]

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Exercise Caution when Prescribing Controlled Substances

For all of you who prescribe controlled substances, it is no coincidence that Covid-19 raging coincides with reported large increases in overdoses on narcotics. Parts of Florida, for example, have seen a 70% increase in overdoses! It is of the utmost importance that you double your efforts in appropriate documentation of [...]

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Use Certified Medical Coders for your Insurance Forms

While it is not required in any state, it is best to use certified medical coders for your insurance forms; either in-house or contracted out to a billing company. Besides tending to be more accurate, use of a certified biller shows you legitimate intention to be paid for your work in [...]

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Can you amend a patient’s chart after it was requested for review?

A phone call from a client today reminded me of a frequent question I still receive. I was told that an attorney requested a copy of a patient’s chart. Can she/he change their notes? The short answer is no. The time to make sure the notes were accurate were at the [...]

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Maintain Your Payroll Records

While I am often asked how long a physician has to maintain their patients’ charts, I am rarely asked that question concerning payroll. A business, and that includes a medical office, must maintain payroll records nationally, for a minimum of 3 years, but states differ as to their individual length of [...]

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CONSULT A HEALTHLAW ATTORNEY before agreeing to a medication rebate situation

I have recently received several inquiries concerning drug rebates and physician prescriptions. Suffice it to say that this is an area rife with problems for the physician. The physicians said I write for this medication anyway, so there can be no question that the money is influencing my medical judgment. This [...]

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End of the Month Checklist

We are now well into October. It is time to start thinking of renewing your memberships in your state and federal professional societies. Make sure to update any changes in your address, phone number or email addresses. Additionally, check your Oxygen tanks, sterilizers, office fire alarms to make sure they have [...]

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