Navigating medical issues and the confidential nature of medical histories is complex. Patients know they have rights, and they are counting on the medical professionals they see to respect those rights.
The Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as Stark Law, bans physicians from referring patients to “designated health services” payable by health coverage programs such as Medicare or Medicaid with which the physician or an immediate family member has a financial relationship (unless a rare exception applies).
Operating a medical practice means working in cooperation with other healthcare professionals. However, concerns about referrals between facilities for the wrong reasons have led to regulations and legal consequences.
With the rise of the digital era and almost everyone being able to share their opinion with just a few clicks - it’s important to keep up with your online reputation and to know how to respond to the good, the bad, and even the ugly.
As with any business, there are certain laws and regulations put in place that exist solely to protect patrons of those businesses, and medical practices are no exception.
Physician credentialing - every physician goes through it. It’s a long and tedious process, but it is absolutely imperative to complete if you plan to actively practice medicine.
As the United States prepares to face a second-wave of COVID-19, many practitioners have begun transitioning to more telemedicine visits whenever possible to help flatten the curve and mitigate risk of spreading the virus.
It’s clearer each passing day that not only is the world changing, but the way healthcare is practiced is changing as well. Returning to the way things were before with crowded waiting rooms and little in the way of personal protective equipment (PPE) is unsafe and illogical.
There’s no doubt that the way we practice medicine as a society has changed over time, and it’s not showing any signs of stopping. Especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, patient care and office visits could start to look a little different.