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Medicine & the Law

New life for MD-hospital joint ventures

The regulatory environment is now ripe for hospital-physician ASC joint venture arrangements. A new ruling clarifies how a non-profit health care system can participate in an ancillary for-profit joint venture while maintaining its tax-exempt and public charity status.

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Physicians, the law and professional courtesy

The legality of the well-honed tradition of professional courtesy has been called into question due to an upsurge in government's efforts to ensure accurate billing of claims, new federal laws addressing physician referral and patient relationships and the novel application of existing laws. Perhaps even more unfortunate, no one clear viewpoint has arisen as to its continuing legal viability.

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Civil enforcement of fraud and abuse laws

With increasing frequency, courts are being called upon to evaluate the legality of relationships between providers and third-parties in the context of civil litigation. The facts and outcome in Zimmer illustrate a number of important observations that derive from the line of cases involving civil enforcement of the fraud and abuse laws.

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MD online ratings raise concerns

Physicians are rightfully concerned that unfiltered access to online ratings of them without appropriate safeguards may be detrimental to informed patient decision making, and may have distorting effects on patient access to care.

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