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The activities of a few bad physicians in the healthcare industry will continue to make the business of healthcare an overly regulated one.


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.

If you as a physician have ownership interests in any facility that you refer patients to, be sure you are in compliance with federal and state statutes.

Before you give — or receive — a gift this year, understand the federal and state laws that govern gifts to physicians and medical practices.

EHRs can be expensive for small practices. But a stipulation of the Stark Law allows a hospital to donate funds and partner with you for meaningful use.

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


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