Understanding How to Respond to a Visit From an Investigator

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq.Email Mathew Email Stacey Introduction: As the government and private payors continue to invest resources into combatting fraud and abuse in the healthcare system, many practices are being faced with unexpected visits from state and federal government and private investigators, including but not limited to investigators […]

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Understanding Physician Advertising

By: Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq.Email the Author Overview: Marketing has taken on a more prominent role in medical practices as a way to attract new patients.  As such, physicians need to ensure that their marketing initiatives are in compliance with all of the applicable rules and regulations governing physician advertising, […]

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Understanding Succession Planning

By: Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq.Email the Author Introduction: Dr. Smith has been practicing as a solo practitioner in New York for many years – although he currently has a very successful practice, due to personal circumstances, Dr. Smith is ready to retire.  As retirement approaches for Dr. Smith, what are […]

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Understanding Prepayment Audit Reviews

By: Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq.Email the Author Overview: The unfortunate reality is that the cost of running a medical practice is increasing while reimbursement from third party payers is decreasing.  In order to survive, it is crucial that physicians get paid for the services rendered to their patients in a […]

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Understanding IPAs

By: Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq.Email the Author Overview: As the healthcare industry evolves and reimbursement rates from third party payors decrease, many physicians are quickly realizing that they must ban together in order to survive. In addition to joining or forming large group practices, many physicians are being drawn to […]

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Understanding Third Party Vendor Relationships

By: Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq.Email the Author Overview: Throughout a physician’s career, he/she will enter into several relationships with third party vendors – billing companies, EMR companies, marketing companies, internet providers, staffing companies and medical device/equipment suppliers to name a few. Prior to entering into these arrangements with third parties […]

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Understanding The Process Of Starting A Chiropractic Practice

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq.Email MathewEmail Stacey Introduction: For many chiropractors, the idea of opening a chiropractic practice is very appealing.  The chiropractor can be his/her own boss, control his/her hours and vacation time, make his/her own decisions regarding patient care, as well as control the business operations of the practice.  However, […]

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Understanding The Process of Merging Your Medical Practice with A Large Mega Group or Hospital

By: Mathew J. Levy, Esq. & Stacey Lipitz Marder, Esq.Email the Author Overview: As the costs of running a medical practice increase while the reimbursement rates from third party payors decrease, many physicians are being drawn to offers from large medical groups and hospitals to take over their practices.  Although many physicians are attracted by […]

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Understanding Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies & Corporations

By: Mathew J. Levy, Esq.Email the Author Opening a practice or embarking upon a new business venture can be an exciting and anxiety provoking experience.  Often professionals spend too little time considering what business structure would maximize their profit and minimize their exposure to liability.  Partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations are three of the […]

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Understanding the Retail Based Clinic Debate

By Mathew Levy, Esq.Email the Author In recent years, more and more Americans who visit their local retail pharmacy are presented with the option of seeing a nurse practitioner or doctor for a primary care visit instead of scheduling an appointment with their primary care provider at these retail based clinics (RBCs).  RBCs have emerged […]

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Understanding Asset Protection and Family Limited Partnerships

By: Mathew J. Levy, Esq. The assets of physicians have always been at risk to predators and this disastrous trend has recently been confirmed.  In a recent survey, 600 practicing physicians and surgeons nationwide were queried on their asset protection practices.  The survey found that approximately twenty percent of the nation’s physicians have either lost […]

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Understanding Estate Planning and Wills

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq. Email the Author It is not an understatement to suggest that every adult needs to have a will.  Without one, the law decides what happens to a person’s property on death and, often, the government may take a larger share for itself in the form of estate taxes.  Unless a person […]

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Understanding Chiropractor Lease Agreements & The Anti- Kickback Statute

By Mathew J. Levy, Esq.Email Mathew The rental of space in a physician’s office to a renter who, herself, provides health-related services creates a landlord-tenant arrangement between the physician and the renter.  The potential and actual abuses that have arisen from these arrangements have become so significant that the Office  of the  Inspector  General  (“the […]

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