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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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Many articles describe the benefits of health reform, but look closely and it's clear that problems are mounting for physicians and the healthcare system.

If you are a physician, be mindful that payments to a commissioned sales force for the referral or recommendation of business can be illegal.

If properly done, a health law opinion letter may insulate physicians from prosecution or penalties associated with their investment decisions.

If the government can make it appear that doctors are getting rich from Medicare payments, it will be easy to garner support to cut physician payments in the future.

Ten tips for physicians facing the hospital peer review process.

Payers know that correctly writing down every patient encounter is difficult for physicians, if not impossible. Therefore, exploiting this is easy for them.

Any way you look at it, the hope that individuals will actually buy into the private purchase of health plans seems largely misplaced.

Financial planner Jason Hull shares tips for physicians considering starting concierge medical practices.

Some patients are disqualified from help obtaining health insurance coverage because they simultaneously earn too much, and too little.

An August FTC complaint against a medical laboratory indicates that medical practices could soon face more angst when HIPAA breaches occur.


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