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Arizona Enacts “Surprise Out-Of-Network” Balance Billing Law

Arizona has joined the national trend of trying to solve the “problem” of “surprise medical out-of-network bills.” The prevalence of this concern was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine which stated that 22% of...more

Does Defensive Medicine Impact the Cost of Healthcare?

Healthcare in the United States costs at least two to three times as much as healthcare in other developed countries. One of the reasons usually given is defensive medicine – doctors who order unnecessary tests and procedures...more

Navigating the California Corporate Practice of Medicine “CPM” Prohibition

CPM is a variation of the statutory prohibition against unlicensed practice of medicine. CPM states enforce the prohibition against corporations practicing medicine by requiring a separation between medical/clinical decisions...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Felony Conviction of Urologist, Under FDCA, for Reusing Single-Use Needle Guides During Prostate Biopsies...

In 2014, Las Vegas urologist, Dr. Michael Kaplan, was convicted by a federal jury for reusing single-use plastic needle guides during prostate biopsies. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit adulteration in violation of...more

The Physician’s Self-Referral Law – Are Changes Finally Coming?

The Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as the Stark law, prohibits a physician from referring federal health care program patients for “designated health services” to an entity in which the physician (or an immediate...more

Arizona Supreme Court Confirms Abolishment of Original Tortfeasor Rule

For more than thirty years, Arizona law has allowed juries to allocate fault among all who contribute to an injury. On July 18, 2016, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously re-affirmed Arizona’s commitment to “comparative...more

HIPAA Violation — Pharmacy Held Liable for Employee’s Misdeeds

Recently, the Indiana Court of Appeals let stand a $1.4 million jury verdict against a national pharmacy chain for its employee pharmacist’s unauthorized disclosure of a customer’s confidential medical records.  Given the...more

Treating chronic pain can be risky for physicians

Opioids are the mostprescribed class of prescription medications in the United States. Physicians are the legal gatekeepers for prescription medications to treat chronic pain. Over the last 10 years, prescriptions for opioid...more

Can Accountable Care Organizations Hit the Trifecta: Improve Quality, Reduce Cost, and Increase Physician Compensation?

The New York Times recently reported that it found that the amount paid by a patient’s insurance plan for a routine colonoscopy varies significantly: between $740 and $8,500, depending upon the location, the particular...more

11/27/2013

Health Care Reform Expands Physicians’ Liability

The Patient Protection and the Affordable Health Care Act (“ACA”) is designed to reduce the cost of health care and to improve quality of care. To achieve these goals, the ACA relies, in part, on Accountable Care...more

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