Contact FHLF to learn how an expert medical attorney can improve your practice, facility or business, protect your assets and save you time better spent with patients.
Years ago, people may have pigeonholed a medical attorney as a legal eagle specializing in malpractice. Today, however, lawyers in the field of medicine do far more than represent physicians wrongly accused. And the need for their skills is growing each day; in fact, the U.S. government predicts a steady uptick through 2026. In a field where technology and telemedicine are booming, compliance issues are becoming more complicated and regulation and consent are increasingly rigid, physicians, pharmacists, imaging centers, homecare businesses, physical therapists and hospitals need a full array of services from an experienced legal team. This is where FHLF can help. We have reshaped the way law firms represent these professionals and are fully dedicated to representing solely this industry. From operations to hiring and firing, payor issues, telehealth, intellectual property and technology and transactions, our expert team is available 24/7 with complete transparency to protect your integrity and safeguard your success.
Hospitals, outpatient facilities and physician or dental practices know firsthand that third-party reimbursement can be a nightmare. That’s why an experienced healthcare recovery attorney from ‘domain name’ is essential if you want to free up time for your patients and safeguard your assets. We understand how to use the law to your advantage. And we know how to deal with uncooperative patients, handle liability and resolve claim disputes. We can even make good on accounts that might have been written off as bad debt years ago. With our 150 years of combined experience, our legal staff have successfully litigated thousands of cases. Private, public, big or small—your business is important to us. We connect what lawyers know to what you do. In the ever-changing industry of medicine, you need a specialist in your corner; hiring any lawyer is not good enough. Contact our award-winning team at FHLF today to schedule a complimentary consultation and let us get to work for you.
For experts in healthcare business law and a lawyer in Florida that makes your case a priority, contact FHLF and see why our team of professional attorneys will work for your best interests in issues ranging from compliance to telemedicine.
If you are a physician, dentist or healthcare facility owner, when was the last time you thought of protecting your brand? Or your hiring and firing policies? How have you kept up with the latest telemedicine regulations, or the new written consent required for pelvic exams? All of these issues carry with them the complications of legal burdens and ramifications. For these reasons and more, a healthcare business law firm is essential in order to ease your legal worries and give you more time to spend with what matters most: your patients. If you are searching for the best lawyer to represent your Florida medical practice, then FHLF is your answer. We use our collective 150 years of experience to serve the legal needs of medical facilities and practices exclusively. That means that our training, specialty and firsthand knowledge meld to form the best marriage of legal and medical expertise. We have received accolades in the preeminent and elite tier of legal services and are proud to boast our ranking in the World’s Premiere Guide of Best Attorneys.
The complexities of the legal issues that underlie a medical or dental business shouldn’t consume a healthcare professional, which is why you need a law team dedicated to your needs. But expertise is only part of the package. In addition to our specialized skill set, we also offer you intangible values that will make your lawyer – client relationship successful. First, we make sure our advice is useful and practical and affordable. Second, we build rapport with our clients and develop lasting professional relationships so you can turn to us for legal counsel in Florida throughout your career. Moreover, we promise complete transparency and accountability throughout any interaction. Honest and respectful communication is a hallmark of our entire operation. And we make it a point to empathize with each client, seeing things from your point of view to forge a healthy partnership. From telemedicine to operations, technology, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, payor issues and compliance, we are up to date and innovative guardians of your legal needs. Contact FHLF today and we will exceed your expectations.
Thinking about joining an integrated or group practice? The average employment contract exceeds twenty pages, not including exhibits. While some parts might seem simple and non-legalistic, many simply do not contemplate important terms that have serious impacts on Acupuncturists daily lives. An employment contract is the most significant financial decision of an Acupuncturists lifetime. The same can be said for each subsequent contract, which means that understanding, and negotiating, your contract is the most valuable investment you can make prior to entering into a contract.
To understand what’s in your employment contract, simply read it over a few times. To understand not only how those terms affect you, but also what isn’t in your contract, hire an experienced health care lawyer. While it’s important to understand what is in your employment contract, it’s equally as important to know what is missing from the contract and what to ask in regards to what is included. The below list considers terms that are important both during and after employment.
The following are nine items you should consider including in or asking about your contract:
Reviewing a lease prior signing will save you extreme headache and cost in the long run. Landlords tend to act as if they have all of the power in negotiations and will make their own rules along the way. Lease negotiations are complex and involve significant business and legal considerations.
Here are guidelines to ensuring that your lease is reasonable and fair:
As an Acupuncturist in a private, solo-practice or group practice, proper start-up is key. Understanding how to set up your business properly with the State and IRS, developing a business plan, and understanding all requirements will help eliminate obstacles that will slow your growth.
When working with new acupuncture businesses, consider the following:
1. Corporate Structure
a. A company is considered a legal entity and recognized by both the IRS and the State. Depending on the number of owners and type of business, different options exist regarding entity type. Specifically, most healthcare professionals choose a limited liability company, corporation or a professional association. Once you choose the appropriate type of entity, you’ll want to meet with your CPA to discuss taxation of the entity and how that affects the owners personally.
2. Obtaining an EIN/TID
a. Before you can open a business bank account, or even do business in your city, you will need to obtain an Employer Identification Number or Tax ID for your business. Properly applying will save you time down the road with IRS tax issues.
What follows is a very common scenario that helps demonstrate why proper documentation is essential in all personal injury cases, and what steps can be taken to ensure proper documentation occurs from the very beginning. Typically, following a car accident or slip and fall, a patient will present to the ER with complaints of “neck pain” only. However, the next day the patient might wake up with mid-back, and low back pain that radiates down the right leg, in addition to the original neck pain. The pain does not go away and gets worse, so they decide to make an appointment to come see their chiropractor.
The Problem Starts Here
When a new patient comes in for the first time, he or she typically starts the visit by completing a detailed history form. One of the first prompts is, “please tell us what hurts,” and there is a diagram that accompanies this question where the patient is asked to, “circle the areas that hurt.” More than likely the patient then puts or circles “neck, mid back, low back, and right leg.” The next question that typically follows the diagram asks, “When did your pain begin?” The patient then puts “4 days ago following my car wreck.” The potential problem for the treating chiropractor starts here. When the note is dictated it will more than likely read something to the effect of “New patient presents with history of neck, thoracic, and lumbar pain with radicular complaints, all of which began immediately after an MVA 4 days ago.”
CMS has announced that it will resume Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) medical reviews August 3, 2020 regardless of the status of the COVID-19 public health emergency. These audits have been suspended since March 30 as a result of the crisis and applied to prepayment reviews and post-payment reviews conducted by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC).
In a recent article, I touched on some of the reasons to consider trademark registration and what is required. Many people hear trademarks and might think only of the Federal registration through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Florida, however, also offers state level registration for marks that likely won’t qualify at the Federal level.
Trademark registration grants an intellectual property rights that help its owner protect a brand’s mark, logo, name or any other way that it conveys intangible property.
Trademark protection is available under both Federal and State law. Federal trademark protection allows the brand owner to protect their trademark in interstate commerce, while Florida registration allows trademark protection for marks only in the state of Florida. Florida law does share a lot of the same concepts and requirements of the Federal trademark requirements, however is limited only to protection in the State of Florida. Florida trademarks are less expensive and easier to obtain than Federal trademarks, but are superseded by a Federal trademark registration.
Let’s Talk Insurance. Beyond Malpractice insurance, what other insurance should I consider?
Every medical provider knows that you have to buy malpractice insurance, and they generally understand why they need it. Another policy that every business has to have is Workers Compensation for their employees. But beyond these two policies, what else should a business consider:
On January 31, 2020 the US Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) declared a public health emergency surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, which was renewed again for a period of 90 days effective July 25, 2020.
In an attempt to focus on patients over paperwork and to remove obstacles from access to patient care, HHS relaxed or suspended certain healthcare provider requirements. Several such changes directly impact current or prospective providers of durable medical equipment (“DME”) to Medicare Part B beneficiaries.
Here’s a high-level breakdown of some of those changes:
Health law is the federal, state, and local law, rules, regulations and other jurisprudence among providers, payers and vendors to the healthcare industry and its patient and delivery of health care services; all with an emphasis on operations, regulatory and transactional legal issues.