What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the practice of using telecommunications technology to deliver enhanced medical care by allowing physicians to observe patients and patient data from different locations. There are currently a variety of telemedicine systems being used across the United States. These systems can encompass anything from a fax machine to sophisticated two-way audiovisual...Read More
Due to the presence of the Internet, patients unpleased with a visit to their physician now have the ability to go online with complaints and posting — often anonymously — critiques of physicians, in much the same way that a traveler can rate hotels on websites such as TripAdvisor.com.
In the past five years more than 40 Websites, such as RateMDs.com, Angie’s List, Yelp,...Read More
While an increasing number of physicians are interested in selling their practices to a hospital, it is important to remember that the sale of a practice takes extensive planning. Whether you are interested in selling your practice due to the challenges of maintaining a private practice, to capitalize on strategic opportunities, or for other reasons, you need to consider a number of issues....Read More
Medical malpractice claims costs the health care industry billions every year. The spiraling costs of defending against these claims and of acquiring malpractice insurance have left many health care providers feeling like they’re treading water in an ever-expanding ocean of attorneys’ fees and premium payments.
Besides throwing more and more money at insurance, are there steps health care...Read More
What is “Stark”?
The Stark Act is an amendment to the Social Security Act prohibiting physicians from engaging in a “self referral” when referring patients elsewhere for certain services. Stark prohibits physicians from referring their patients to other entities for designated health services (“DHS”) payable by Medicare when the physician or an immediate family member of the physician has a...Read More
“I’m sorry” laws generally absolve physicians and other health-care providers from liability resulting from expressions of apology or condolence after an unanticipated outcome of medical care. As of 2011, 36 states have passed a form of “I’m sorry” legislation. Physicians and other health-care providers should pay close attention to their state’s...Read More