New York State Physician Profile: A Practitioner’s Guide

By David A. Zarett, Esq. After some highly publicized cases involving “bad outcomes” by physicians with prior disciplinary histories which were otherwise unknown to the public, in particular the Lisa Smart matter of 1997, the New York State Legislature passed and Governor George Pataki signed into law, the New York Patient Health Information and Quality […]

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RANKING STATE MEDICAL BOARDS. ARE THE BEST REALLY THE WORST?

Public Citizen, a consumer oriented Ralph Nader offspring, recently rated State Medical Boards throughout the nation. Alaska, with only 1885 physicians, was rated as having the “best” Board, based upon the Board having taken serious disciplinary actions against 14 physicians last year, and 7.89 actions per thousand physicians over the past three years. By contrast, […]

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Is it Time to Opt Out of Medicare?

With the new federal health reform law, and recent announcements dramatically increasing the number of audits that Medicare will be conducting, through its vigilante “auditors”, is it time to consider opting out of Medicare? In order to answer that question you first need to know your options. Most physicians are participating providers with Medicare. That […]

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