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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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A Texas case investigating physician investment in compounding pharmacies could have nationwide implications for any form of ancillary service.

Outside of an Obamacare repeal, it is nearly certain that mandatory requirements of compliance programs are here to stay. Here's how to prepare.

When patients "check in" via social media, it may help cyber-thieves check out their personal information, something practices should be aware of.

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.

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