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Health care business method patents

Patents covering business methods and models may in the end be the most valuable corporate asset. What many health care and medical providers are now learning is that this powerful piece of intellectual property protection is available to them as well.

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Structuring physician-chiropractor relationships

By working together, physicians can add valuable expertise to their practices, share their administrative burdens and limit the necessity of outside patient referrals, lowering their costs and expanding their revenue. Like most new endeavors, however, the decision of whether and how MDs, DOs and DCs should enter into multidisciplinary practices is ripe with legal aspects that must be carefully considered.

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Opportunities for joint ventured imaging services

Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) implementation may have important ramifications for imaging services heretofore delivered primarily in hospitals. More radiology procedures may well be shifted out of the hospital setting and some hospitals may see the advantages of working with radiology groups on outpatient diagnostic imaging center joint ventures.

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Disciplinary actions against physicians

A professional's candid but carefully worded explanation of an embarrassing situation will serve him or her far better than any attempt to hide the information. At the first hint of a problem, the professional is wise to proactively seek a creative way to resolve the situation.

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