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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Statistics Show Dramatic Rise in Healthcare Fraud Prosecutions

Posted in Fraud and Abuse, Medicare

For the last couple of years I have been telling my physician and provider clients that they should expect to see a dramatic rise in healthcare health fraud investigations and prosecutions. According to a recent article published by USA Today citing statistics released by the Transactional Records Access Clearing House, my prediction (albeit a fairly easy one)… Continue Reading

Malpractice Study Confirms that Threat of Lawsuits is Real but Payouts Aren’t So Common

Posted in Malpractice Insurance, Practice Management

The results of a comprehensive study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) confirms that physicians’ fears of being sued for malpractice are not irrational. According to the article, “Malpractice Risk According to Physician Specialty”, most physician will be sued for malpractice at least once in their careers. Interestingly, however, only… Continue Reading

CMS Extends Physician Payment Demonstration Project Citing Early Success

Posted in Medicare

According to an announcement this week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its 5-year Physician Group Practice (PGP) Payment Demonstration program by another two years.  The extension period commenced on January 1, 2011. Under the Demonstration program, ten (10) physician group practices had the ability to earn incentive payments based on the quality… Continue Reading

The Bad Business of Handshake Contracts

Posted in Practice Management

I frequently have the opportunity to speak with young physicians finishing their residencies and fellowships. One of the questions that often comes up is whether an informal “handshake” deal is sufficient or if a formal written employment agreement is necessary in order to secure a job. Typically this question is prompted by a situation where… Continue Reading