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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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Watch out for aggressive language in hospital employment agreements requiring physicians to recoup all payments to insurance companies.

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If physicians didn't have enough to worry about with fraud, they should be wary of bankruptcy trustees seeking "claw backs."

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The AHCA would have likely brought back "post-claims underwriting," which would have been bad news for physicians.

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As Otto Von Bismarck once said, "If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made." That's true for new Safe Harbor regulations.

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More than 20 healthcare professionals from a hospital in Texas are being charged with a kickback conspiracy involving over $500 million in insurance claims.

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A former FBI agent talks about the sure tell signs that a patient may be lying to you.

Stricter government standards for the FCA suggest that physicians who do not meet all measures of compliance could be required to refund claims payment.

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CMS has altered rules around payments to hospital based outpatient departments (HOPDs), which could have an effect on a practice's value to hospitals.

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Government and commercial insurers have different policies practices must know about waiving copayments. What do practices have to know?

The personal services safe harbor law exists to protect physicians from prosecution when they receive payments for legitimate services.

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