Medicine & the Law

Impact of venue and certificate of merit reforms

The amended venue rules will likely provide a sturdy challenge for plaintiffs using venue to seek out sympathetic juries and, by requiring plaintiffs to find an expert to certify that a case has merit, the rules provide yet another layer of protection for defendants who in the past relied on preliminary objections and summary judgment to dispose of baseless lawsuits.

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Stark compliance for group compensation

Because the "Stark" law is generally understood to prohibit certain physician referrals, physician practices frequently overlook the fact that Stark also places limitations on their compensation plans. This article explores compensation strategies for group practices that comply with Stark.

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