Whether fresh out of residency or making a lateral career move, licensed clinicians should always understand employment or shareholder agreements before signing–your career may depend on it. Although reading and understanding the entire agreement is crucial, a few items warrant special attention before putting the proverbial pen to paper. 1: Non-Compete Clauses Non-compete clauses are … Continue reading Clinician Contracts: 5 Things to Remember Before Signing
On October 9, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced two major proposed rule changes affecting both the Stark and Anti-Kickback Statutes. The first is “Medicare Program; Modernizing and Clarifying the Physician Self-Referral Regulations” and the second, “Revisions To Safe Harbors Under the Anti-Kickback Statute, and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules Regarding Beneficiary Inducements.” … Continue reading CMS Announces Proposed Stark and Anti-Kickback Rule Revisions
If you own or run a clinical practice and bill Medicare or Medicaid, having a mature fraud, waste, and abuse compliance program is a critical part of business. In 2018, the U.S. Justice Department recovered $2.8 billion in civil cases involving fraud and false claims submitted to the Federal government. Of that figure, $2.5 billion … Continue reading A Compliance Program for Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in 7 Elements
In first-ever joint warnings, the FDA and DEA have sent letters to four online networks that operate 10 individual websites that market “unapproved and misbranded versions of opioid medicines, including tramadol, that are potentially dangerous. ” “Issuing these warning letters is not only an effort to deter the availability of dangerous illegal opioids, but it … Continue reading FDA and DEA release first-ever joint warning to operators of websites marketing opioids online
The world of data has never been the same: on May 25, 2018, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) went into full force and effect, changing the way individuals and organizations handle personal data, not only within the EU, but globally. The GDPR builds on existing law not only by standardizing and strengthening … Continue reading Is Your Organization GDPR-Compliant?
The flow of ideas between the tech sector and older industries runs on a very fast one-way street from Silicon Valley to the doorstep of any company with a time-tested business model. Healthcare is the most ancient of all businesses, and there are surely many tech-based disruptions in store for it. But at this moment, … Continue reading Data Rights: Two Lessons Healthcare can Teach Tech