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Martin Merritt

Martin Merritt

Martin Merritt, JD, is a Dallas-based health lawyer with the firm of Friedman & Feiger, and executive director of the Texas Health Lawyers Association. He represents physicians, practices, and others in cases involving Stark Law, state and federal regulations, Medicare fraud and abuse compliance, as well as healthcare litigation and contracts. E-mail him here.


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Recent reports accuse the federal government of doing exactly what HIPAA prohibits: sending consumer data to private companies for sales and marketing.

Here's a primer on how co-management agreements work in healthcare, a pay-for-performance tool picking up steam among physicians.

A new rule by CMS to punish "bad actors" and new concern with the Independent Payment Advisory Board highlight the problem with Medicare and Medicaid.

At present, the question of providing free, or reduced costs drugs to patients, is a multifaceted problem which defies easy solutions.

Ancillary services, like toxicology screening, are part of good patient treatment. So let’s stop scolding docs for getting paid for doing it.

Election Day winners promise the Affordable Care Act will fail. But what if it had actually had been given a chance to work?

Despite a recent expose by The Wall Street Journal, the in-office ancillary exception to the Stark Law will remain the most commonly used tool by practices.

Two nurses exposed to the Ebola virus in Dallas should not be scolded, as the CDC has done, but praised for their dedicated service to the public.

CMS has unveiled its Open Payments website, revealing gifts to physicians. Here's what you need to know about the site and its information.

The insanity of CMS' Open Payments portal might benefit physicians. The key is a little civil disobedience to demonstrate the true value of physician time.

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