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Medicine & the Law

Your first employment contract

The majority of residents in their first year of training will join an established private practice, work for an HMO or be employed by a health institution or system. Here’s how they can scrutinize the major provisions found in a typical contract.

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A prescription for compliance programs

The scope of federal and state fraud and abuse enforcement efforts are steadily increasing nationwide, confronting providers with criminal, civil and administrative sanctions. A well-designed compliance plan can deter improper conduct and can identify it before much damage can be done.

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Reassignment billing of Medicare payments

Medical groups commonly enter into independent contractor relationships with specialists, billing for their services through reassignment of Medicare benefit payments. But physicians must ensure that their reassignment practices do not run afoul of HCFA’s intent to enforce prohibitions against some forms of reassignment

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