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Dates and Times of Medical Materials

Wake up! It is now 2020. Run, do not walk, to your office, facility, clinic or hospital, and check the dates on ALL of your samples, medications, syringes, sterile gauze, oxygen tanks, fire extinguishers. Make a concerted effort to find the expiration date. We all know that they are not real [...]

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Your Practice Model and Anti-Kickback Laws

Is your present practice model legal? If the other medical professionals that work for you are legitimate employees, they may be compensated on a percentage basis. A written employment contract with them is preferred. If they are independent contractors and working on a percentage collected basis, that is probably a violation [...]

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PRI Physicians’ Club February Event – Cradle of Aviation Museum

Looking for something to do on a cold Saturday with your family? Join your colleagues and their families at the Cradle of Aviation Museum –Garden City: Saturday February 29th 12:00pm-3:00pm Pricing: $20.00 per person (No Limit) Password: PRI Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Includes: Craft Activity: Assemble and Decorate a Wooden [...]

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Legal Brief – Restrictive Covenants

When leaving your current job, you should have your employment contract reviewed by a healthcare attorney to know that you can and cannot do. Often, there is a restrictive covenant that restricts where you can practice for a length of time. If you have been let go without cause, many states [...]

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Legal Brief – End of the Year Checklist

Here is an end of year checklist for you: Make sure your license registration is up to date. Check to see if any required continuing education hours are completed. Do not ignore specific requirements such as diversity hours, opioid seminars and child abuse recognition education. Each state differs. Make sure your [...]

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Defense Verdict in a Case of Middle Cerebral Artery Stroke After Transspehnoidal Surgery

Our Claims and Legal team secured a defense verdict in Suffolk County Supreme Court on behalf of a neurologist, otolaryngologist, infectious disease specialist, and a professional corporation in a case with high exposure. The case concerned an allegation of cavernous sinus thrombosis, left internal carotid artery thrombosis and left middle cerebral [...]

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IME’s and Legal Risk

Many physicians perform IMEs. In some cases, physicians make a good percentage of their income from them. Make no mistake, although the examinees are not your patients, they can make plenty of trouble. Recently, there have been cases reported to the medical board, which we are defending, of dissatisfied examinees complaining [...]

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The HHS and Opioid Tapering

The HHS has just released an article on Appropriate Dosage Reduction or Discontinuation of Long-Term Opioid Analgesics. This “advice” is meant for all practitioners involved with the care and treatment for patients on opioids for non-acute situations. They do NOT recommend rapid tapering short of a life-threatening risk. They DO recommend [...]

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PTSD

Yesterday, I attended a most informative lecture on PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Veterans Mental Health. It was a real eye-opener. All healthcare professionals should be on the look-out for patients with PTSD symptoms, and if necessary, refer to the appropriate healthcare professional for treatment. For more information, go to www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/continuing_ed/index.asp. [...]

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HIPPA for Release of Records?

I have often received this question from health care providers: A patient wants a copy of her records. The provider seems to think that due to HIPAA, he has to have her sign a release or HIPAA form. Not true. A person can request a copy of their own records with [...]

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Recent News From PRI

The Corporate Turnaround of Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers at 2 Years

To turn around an insurance company —especially one with liabilities exceeding [...]

The Electronic Medical Record – A Patient Safety Tool

The implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has been challenging and [...]

PRI Interviews Dr. Jo Shapiro on the Impact of Physician Peer Support

“We're very social animals if you will. And feeling isolated is [...]

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