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CPT Codes Suggested by Medical Device Salespeople

Beware of sales people attempting to sell you a new and improved machine that will miraculously double your income. Do NOT take as gospel the CPT codes they “suggest” you use. Often, they will show you examples of how well their clients did billing under these codes. YOU are responsible for [...]

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Driving While Intoxicated

Even though the police pulled you over while you were not treating patients, if you plead to even a misdemeanor, that will be reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, also known as your permanent professional report card. If you have been either found guilty by a jury or admitted your [...]

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Defense Verdicts in Decubitus Ulcer Malpractice Claims

                  Our claims team is prevailing when defending decubitus ulcer malpractice claims. The history of decubitus ulcer litigation is an interesting one that is mired in misunderstanding. Unfortunately, at the turn of the millennium, some well-intentioned quality and safety organizations coined the term [...]

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Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) Forms

Please do not forget to sign your Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) forms, electronically or otherwise. It must be a valid signature of else the government, under the False Claims Act can claim fraud! A substitute signature is NOT valid! This was just recently decided by a federal district court in [...]

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CDC Guideline for Chronic Pain and Prescribing Opioids

The CDC has advised of "misapplication" of the CDC Guideline for Chronic Pain and Prescribing Opioids. It states in part: "When opioids are started, clinicians should prescribe the lowest effective dosage. Clinicians should avoid increasing dosage to 90 or more morphine equivalent units per day. The recommendation statement does not suggest [...]

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A patient falls while leaving the office. Is it Medical Malpractice?

If a patient falls while leaving the office and injures herself, is it medical malpractice? I hate to sound like an attorney, but it depends. If the patient was discharged after anesthesia and was unsteady on her feet, maybe. If the doctor’s medical assistant negligently helped the patient off the examining [...]

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Preferred Practice Guidelines Concerning Professional Licensure

I have recently been inundated with comments about an article that I wrote. It was published by a major magazine concerning the applicability of various Preferred Practice Guidelines concerning professional licensure and disciplinary actions. While it might make a practitioner feel better to moan over the guidelines sustaining “cook book” medicine, [...]

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How Does Physician Employment Compare with Private Practice Ownership?

Are employed physicians better off than independent doctors? According to a national survey comparing employed- with independent-physicians1, independent physicians are finding themselves better off.   The same study found that employed physicians have higher score on the Physician Misery Index. This index measures physicians level of agreement with key factors such [...]

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Unscheduled Office Visits

Two investigators flashing badges come unannounced and unscheduled to visit your office. What should you do? If they do not have a warrant to search, be polite, but ask them to leave the premises. Inform them that you have an attorney and your attorney will be happy to contact them. Ask [...]

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Physician Burnout Discussion Group and CME Program – July Group

PRI is pleased to announce its July 11, 2019 Physician Discussion Group and CME Program at the Chinese American Independent Practice Association (CAIPA) location in Flushing, NY. This month's program will involve the discussions with physicians in medical and surgical subspecialties. A DUAL DESIGNED PROGRAM: The program will open with Dr. [...]

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