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Physicians Beware: CMS May Deny or Revoke Medicare Provider Privileges


By Victoria H. Johnson and Edward J. Cyran On February 3, 2015, the authority of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to deny Medicare enrollment and revoke Medicare billing privileges of providers and suppliers significantly expanded.  All physicians, and especially solo practitioners and physicians in group practices, should ...

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Legal Issues of Removing Patient From Practice Explored

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(HealthDay News) — The legal and ethical responsibilities of removing a patient from practice are discussed in an article published March 16 in Medical Economics. The article discusses the concept of patient abandonment, defined as the unilateral severance of the physician-patient relationship by the physician, without giving the patient sufficient advance ...

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Malpractice Fears Lead Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests

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By Dennis Thompson, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay News) — Nearly all emergency room doctors surveyed order pricey MRIs or CT scans their patients may not need, mainly because they fear malpractice lawsuits, according to a new report. Of 435 ER physicians who completed the survey, 97 percent admitted to ordering some advanced imaging ...

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How Can Concierge Doctors Protect Themselves Against Demanding Patients?

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Concierge medicine and medical malpractice:  the two phrases don’t even seem to belong together in the same sentence. Concierge medicine — the “refuge” of private practice physicians in an increasingly managed care-driven world — is safer for both doctors and patients, isn’t it?  After all, patients in concierge practices are ...

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