Tele-Health and Compliance: Important Considerations You Need to Consider

Stephanie Rodin - Tele-Health and Compliance: Important Considerations You Need to Be Aware OfTele-practice is becoming increasingly common. Consultations, as well as tele-health care, are provided via Skype, Zoom or other video-conferencing platforms that preclude the need for geographical proximity between doctor and patient.

For practitioners who choose to utilize this type of treatment, they should be aware of some important considerations: Continue reading

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Ready to Buy a Practice? 3 Guidelines for Practitioners

Ready to Buy a Practice? 3 Guidelines for Practitioners - Stephanie RodinPractitioners who are ready for the next phase of their career — or eager to hit the ground running — may consider purchasing an existing practice. If you are weighing that option, here are some questions and negotiable points to consider: Continue reading

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Your Malpractice Insurance: Who Owns the Policy?

Stephanie Rodin - Your Malpractice Insurance: Who Owns the Policy?This past October, MLMIC Insurance Company, one of the largest providers of medical malpractice in New York, became part of Berkshire Hathaway. As a result of becoming a stock company, a sum of money was to be paid out to policyholders who had policies between the years 2013-2016. Continue reading

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Practitioners and Social Media: My Selfie Could Be a HIPAA Breach??

Stephanie Rodin - Practitioners and Social Media: My Selfie could be a HIPAA Breach??Social media has become prevalent in every aspect of life. Given this, it is important that practitioners are careful about how they and their employees use social media so as not to violate any HIPAA regulations.

The obvious solution is to enforce a no cell phone use policy for employees. This will prevent any employee from taking photos, videos or using social media on their personal phone during work hours. However, this may not be practical. Continue reading

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Starting a Private Practice? Get Familiar with Insurance Carriers First

Stephanie Rodin - Starting a Private Practice? Get Familiar with Insurance Carriers FirstHealthcare providers who start a private practice have the option to apply for in-network status with insurance carriers or remain as an out-of-network provider.

Out-of-Network Coverage

A provider can elect to provide a super bill to their patients, in order for their patients to directly submit a claim to their insurance for out-of-network coverage. The insurance carrier will then cover whatever their out-of-network rate is for the particular service. However, for all out-of-network services, the patient is always responsible for the full amount charged by the provider. It is up to the provider if they will accept, as partial payment the insurance coverage or not. Continue reading

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Dissolving Your Practice: Be Careful, Not Hasty

Stephanie Rodin - Dissolving Your Practice: Be Careful, Not HastyWhen dissolving your practice is time-sensitive, and you need to expediently move on, there are some important things to pay attention to in order to ensure it is done correctly.

First and foremost, you can never abandon your patients. There needs to be ample notice of at least 30 days and appropriate referrals for continuity of care.

Second, you will need to examine any contracts that you have in place with landlords, third parties, and employees, to ensure that you are not in breach of any of the terms and to give the appropriate notice of termination. Continue reading

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MSO Partnership for Physicians: Be Careful of the Wording in Your Agreement!

Stephanie Rodin - MSO Partnership for Physicians: Be Careful of the Wording in Your Agreement!Practitioners often look to establish Management Service Organizations (MSOs) to help run the business end of a medical practice. Some of these services may include the following: handling payments for office space, providing equipment and supplies, or managing the practitioner’s insurance payments. The MSO can be a partnership between a number of physicians or between a physician and a non-physician. It is important to remember that any medical practice, which provides the actual medical services, may only be owned by licensed practitioners in New York.

How does a Management Service Organization get paid? Continue reading

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MSO Partnership for Physicians: Be Careful of the Wording in Your Agreement!

Stephanie Rodin - MSO Partnership for Physicians: Be Careful of the Wording in Your Agreement!Practitioners often look to establish Management Service Organizations (MSOs) to help run the business end of a medical practice. Some of these services may include the following: handling payments for office space, providing equipment and supplies, or managing the practitioner’s insurance payments. The MSO can be a partnership between a number of physicians or between a physician and a non-physician. It is important to remember that any medical practice, which provides the actual medical services, may only be owned by licensed practitioners in New York.

How does a Management Service Organization get paid? Continue reading

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Blending Professionals: Ensuring the Overall Protection of Practitioners

Stephanie Rodin - Blending Professionals: Ensuring the Overall Protection of PractitionersWhen a practice is undergoing changes, it is important for practitioners to work jointly with an attorney, financial advisor, and accountant to ensure the overall protection of their practice.

The lawyer concentrates on the legal compliance of the practice; the accountant ensures that monies are treated according to the tax laws; and the financial advisor/investment broker works to ensure that there is a return on investment. It’s important that all professionals understand the concept of a healthcare practitioner’s needs and goals. Continue reading

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Obtaining a New Job: Important Transition Considerations

Stephanie Rodin - Obtaining a New Job: Important Transition ConsiderationsIt is not uncommon for practitioners to change jobs and join a new practice during the course of their career. When first considering a change in employment, it is imperative to immediately review the current employment contract and examine the following clauses: Continue reading

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