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Doctors Struggle to Keep Solo Practices Afloat

Physicians in Florida have faced a number of challenges in recent years, with battles over Medicaid still raging and many struggling with high malpractice insurance premiums. Payment and practice models have evolved, and running a clinic has become increasingly difficult as a result. These days, one of the biggest challenges to solo practitioners is simply Read More

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Are Data Fees Getting in the Way of Health Care Reform?

As the implementation of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act continues, many doctors and health care organizations are dealing with escalating costs associated with data sharing. For the most part, these fees stem from the software vendors, who often ask for thousands of dollars for physicians to have access to data-sharing capabilities. As most Read More

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Government Officials Note Progress in Affordable Care Act Enrollment

According to officials from the United States government, the second full sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act is off to a good start. While officials admit there is still certainly a ways to go for the new health care program to be considered a success, they believe that progress has been encouraging in this Read More

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Trends in Non-Compete Agreements Among Physicians

Building a lasting healthcare practice requires a number of important parts. One of the key ingredients is a team of physicians who will provide outstanding medical care and build a roster of loyal patients. When healthcare providers are hiring these doctors, they often rely on non-compete agreements to protect themselves against a physician suddenly departing Read More

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The Importance of Estate Planning for Physicians

Planning for the future of your loved ones and your assets is somewhat more complicated for physicians than the average person. There are a number of key items doctors and medical professionals must consider when engaged in the estate planning process. In fact, setting up a sound estate plan should be a foundation of your Read More

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Laws Governing Healthcare Compliance

The healthcare environment is changing fast in the United States. Steering clear of compliance violations is key to maintaining the health of your patients — and your practice. In early April, a federal grand jury delivered a 59-count indictment implicating 10 Florida residents for participating in a scheme to defraud Medicare through submitting false claims Read More

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Hospital Settles Alleged Fraud Case with Government

A Florida Hospital recently agreed to a record fine to settle a whistleblower claim with the U.S. Justice Department. The federal Stark Law defines referral relationships between a physician and other providers. This complicated legislation prohibits caregiver referrals to an entity with whom they have a financial relationship, if services for the patient are to Read More

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How the Affordable Care Act May Affect Medical Practices

For doctors, patients and institutional providers alike, the activation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been widely regarded with uncertainty and trepidation. While much coverage has been devoted to how the new law’s provisions could affect patients and insurance companies throughout the United States, decidedly less focus has been given to the impact it Read More

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A Stark Law Primer for Physicians

In most professional practices, referrals from friends, family and colleagues are an important part of bringing in new business. However, physicians must be careful because federal legislation known as the Stark Law makes it illegal for them to refer patients to colleagues or organizations with which they have certain financial relationships. While the law is Read More

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