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Physicians: Beware Schemes to Circumvent Stark Law
No matter how cleverly structured, schemes to circumvent Stark Law are risky for physicians, and the consequences of failing to comply can be devastating.
OIG Opinion on Federal 'Carve Out' May Implicate ACOs
A recent decision by HHS' Office of the Inspector General raises some interesting issues with ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
Stark, Anti-Kickback Laws Could Get Murkier Under Affordable Care Act
With health insurance exchanges on the horizon, some controlled by HHS, will federal laws fighting fraud and abuse have new teeth for physicians and practices?
Stark Law: Understanding the Rule
Here's an explanation of the rationale behind the Stark Law. Or, why Congress adopted a higher ethical principal regarding referrals to save money.
Healthcare through the Lens of Socialism, Communism, and Capitalism
Antiquated though the distinctions between socialism, communism, and capitalism may seem, healthcare would do well to keep one eye on lessons learned long ago.
The Hippocratic Oath and its Importance in the Delivery of Care
The physicians' oath not only predicts major federal statutes, but also reminds that a respectful team approach to healthcare is vital.
Potential Pitfalls of Physicians Owning Compounding Pharmacies
Here are some legal and ethical issues to consider before you own and operate a compounding pharmacy at your medical practice.
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