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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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You may want to help patients experiencing financial difficulties and you can, but be sure to do it the right way to avoid a payer audit and penalty.

A recent U.S. Tax Court ruling should provide food for thought for physicians accepting guaranteed bonus payments from their hospital employer.


The OIG may very well be signaling its intention to hold boards, or even individual board members, responsible for oversight responsibility for their organizations.

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A new rule in Texas aims to expand the use of telemedicine, but it may have the reverse effect for some patients who may need it most.


If you have federal health plan patient, you need to pay careful attention to the rules of the Stark Law and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

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While the concept of physicians disclosing potential wrongdoing might appear valid on paper, it is actually more trouble that it is worth.

Can a Supreme Court ruling on teeth whitening make the case against physician exclusion in narrow networks, exchange plans, etc.? Perhaps.

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Without a compromise by March 31, physicians treating Medicare patients will face a 21 percent reduction in payments. But there is hope.

A new ranking of best states for physicians to practice by the AAPS has its limits, but provides interesting food for thought.

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


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