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Top Reasons a Doctor Needs a Litigation Lawyer in Florida

by admin on December 20, 2020 No comments

Contact Florida Healthcare Law Firm, the finest litigation lawyer in Florida,and learn discover how our financially-savvy attorneys can help you in and out of the courtroom.

Everyone knows that not all attorneys are created equally. As a physician or healthcare facility you can’t rely on a generic attorney. You need the best litigation lawyer in Florida—Florida Healthcare Law Firm. With more than 150 years of collective experience we know healthcare in and out. Moreover, we do not just deal with transactions, we are seasoned courtroom attorneys who can prepare a case and take it to court if necessary. What makes our legal team stand out among the rest is that we are specialists in corporate and financial matters, as well as healthcare regulations, trends and policies. This includes the areas of pharmacy and dentistry.

It’s easy to get legal advice on the internet, but many medical providers can get into trouble without knowing the nitty-gritty of state regulations and reforms. That’s why we recommend consulting with our experienced team—the finest litigation lawyer Florida has to offer. Don’t let legal matters mount up until they threaten your practice, licensure and financial security. The scenarios vary: A patient may have an issue with one of your services. Or you may be the victim of a telehealth claim scam. Or you may be the subject of a complicated ZPIC audit because you have been mistakenly accused of fraud. As a result, your stress level can soar as you try to manage legalities along with patients. Don’t go it alone. We can partner with you.

We make available to you a complete menu of services. Our business law lawyer in Florida can guide you through many legal issues that affect your practice’s daily operations and personnel. For example, our attorneys can help you draft a contract for a new hire or review an existing agreement. Another excellent reason to hire a fiscally-minded attorney is if you are considering opening a health clinic, which will require precise legal eyes to assist with licensure. Are you thinking of leasing new office space? We can advise you before you make a decision. Equal Employment Opportunity questions? Our team has the answers. If you are practicing with other physicians, have you planned for unexpected buy-ins or buy-outs? The latter could hinge on hard assets or deferred compensation, but the key knows how to anticipate this situation. Don’t wait until you are being sued or are stuck without a contract. Contact Florida Healthcare Law Firm today for a free consultation.

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How Healthcare Recovery Attorneys Make Debt Collection Easy for Doctors

by admin on December 19, 2020 No comments

If you are a doctor who needs needs expert assistance with debt collection, contact Florida Healthcare Law Firm and partner with healthcare recovery attorneys who can easily resolve pay or issues.

Debt collection for doctors, medical practices and hospitals has never been easy. Payor issues have always been a battle, and the statistics bear that out. How big a deal is bad medical debt? A leading financial services company found that in 2009, about 44% of consumers had racked up some type of medical debt. By 2020, that number increased to 61%, particularly in the wake of Covid-19. Consumers are in the red for medical procedures and doctor visits, but with more and more patients delaying elective surgeries—the bread and butter of hospital revenue—hospital executives are counting on collecting on bills to insulate their finances. Going after that money is going to get tougher; analysts predict U.S. consumers will likely owe about $115 billion in medical expenses by the end of 2020. What about securing government funded assistance, aka Medicaid? This is an important issue for physicians. How can doctors make good on what’s owed them? Hiring a sharp, experienced team player from Florida Healthcare Law Firm, the best healthcare recovery attorney team in the industry, is a wise solution. We collectively boast 150 years’ experience solely in medical-related legal issues so we’re not only on your side, we know your business.

In addition to securing third-party funds or negotiating debt from uncooperative patients, a healthcare practice attorney is your partner as you manage your practice or facility. Our skilled team works side by side with you on a variety of issues that may be taking up unnecessary time from your busy schedule. We specialize in medical legalities so we know the current regulations, trends and issues you are facing. Statewide and nationally, we are at the forefront of payor issues, compliance, hiring and firing, business operations and transactions, telemedicine, technology, durable medical equipment and much more. We are a unique boutique firm that delves into each issue with a depth and breadth of knowledge that our competitors don’t have.

So when you’re looking for a Florida health law attorney who has handled everything from orchestrating bond-financed $90 million medical facilities to ensuring financial raises and providing advice on daily operations for maximum efficiency in a tiny practice, you can count on our seasoned team to represent you. We offer flat-fee pricing and a money-back guarantee. That’s how sure we are that we can help you reach your goals. Contact Florida Healthcare Law Firm for a free consultation today.

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Lab Transaction Due Diligence

by admin on December 18, 2020 No comments

laboratory lawyerBy: Dean Viskovich

Laboratory buyers and sellers considering a sale or purchase should have knowledge of issues that can affect the transaction. Due diligence requires conducting measures that provide a buyer confidence that the laboratory for sale is being accurately represented by the seller.

The transaction requires consideration, communication and planning between all parties and their representatives.  A thorough knowledge of laboratory compliance and rules and regulations is imperative as documentation and information that is provided and reviewed will more than likely change the pricing, value and terms of the deal.

Due diligence is required in any healthcare transaction and is performed so that both the buyer and seller fully understand the transaction. An effective and necessary tool regarding laboratory transactions is a due diligence checklist. The checklist will allow both sides to identify and address issues that may be neglected or overlooked. The categories that compromise a laboratory checklist should include, but are not limited to:

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Your Medical Attorney Will Be Your Facility’s Best Educator

by admin on December 18, 2020 No comments

For the most up-to-date knowledge of state and federal regulations, consult with Florida Healthcare Law Firm and discover how our seasoned medical attorney team will be your practice’s best source of business information.

As seasoned legal counselors, we know that ‘lawyer up’ can have negative connotations. But if you want to get serious about the countless and ever-changing regulations that are spinning around your practice—especially this year—then the only way to stay up to date on trends, policies, regulations and compliance is to hire the best possible medical attorney you can find: the experienced experts at Florida Healthcare Law Firm. From regulatory compliance to business operations, transactions, telemedicine, laboratory compliance, pay or issues and even dentistry and pharmacy, we can help educate you and guide you as you make important business decisions. We don’t work with a handful of physicians or hospitals; we work solely with doctors and facilities like yours. We are specialists in our field, and we guarantee that the business end of your job will become a whole lot easier with us as your partner.

In addition to working side by side with each of our clients, we also offer ongoing education events. These include our recent webinar on business lessons learned in 2020 that can guide you in the future, and our upcoming January webinar on what your office needs to know as you prepare for Covid vaccination in the new year. Pharmacists may be interested in our February webinar about protecting your business from risky prescriptions. The menu of classes is always relevant—led by our Florida medical attorney team who are experts in the field, with 150 years’ collective experience behind them. We also post regular blogs on specific topics, including trademarks in the state, malpractice issues, estate tax planning, self-referral statutes and telemedicine contracts.

As the leading health care law attorney Florida has to offer, we pride ourselves in the core values that set us apart from the competition. First our advice is speedy and cost-effective; we don’t drag our feet and we don’t overprice. In fact, we guarantee results before we are paid. We communicate openly and honestly with clients—no misunderstandings, nothing concealed. We’re not afraid to take educated chances, seeking innovative ways to serve you. Finally, we hold ourselves accountable and stand behind every decision we make. If the outcome isn’t what you expected, we make it right. Why not partner with a stellar legal team that will be your biggest champion and your best source of business education. Contact Florida Healthcare Law Firm today.

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Why a Business Law Lawyer Will Save You Time Managing Your Practice

by admin on December 18, 2020 No comments

To make the smartest financial and operational decisions for your medical practice, contact the area’s sharpest and most experienced business law lawyer at Florida Healthcare Law Firm.

Most physicians agree that managing a medical practice goes far beyond treating patients. The heart and soul of a doctor’s mission is to help people.Yet for many solo practitioners or new physicians, the countless related tasks that come along with managing daily operations can steal precious time better spent with patients. In fact, a whopping 50% of doctors’ time is spent on administrative paperwork. Compare that with only about a quarter of their time treating patients. If you’re like the majority of physicians polled by Forbes, then you likely need a sharp, experienced business law lawyer at Florida Healthcare Law Firm to make sure you’re not only relieved of some of the burden, but you’re also getting it right. Fatigue sets in quickly in the healthcare field, especially during this stressful year. Let us be your system of checks and balances.

With more than 150 years’ collective experience, we are the best business law lawyer Florida has to offer because we specialize in healthcare. We don’t dabble in this field. Our work, our passion and our background are exclusively in the medical arena, so you never have to worry that we don’t understand your concerns or the intricacies you face as you manage your practice or facility. Consider contracts, for example. If you are a new physician or entering a new practice, before you sign on the dotted line, you would be wise to hire our expert legal team to ensure that your best interests are upheld. You need to know understand and negotiate properly. After all, this momentous decision will have major ramifications on future decisions and can be the wisest investment of your time to launch or further your career.

What will our seasoned business law lawyer in Florida look for? Having reviewed and negotiated contracts for countless healthcare clients, we will clarify terminology, check supervisory duties, confirm any pro-rated compensation that you’re due and explore partnership or ownership potential. We’ll even check for pending litigation involving your future employer. These matters can best be handled by a solid legal team that works solely with healthcare professionals. In addition, we can help you negotiate a managed care contract, provide legal advice on telemedicine, help you start a treatment center, protect you when you buy or sell a practice and defend you against a ZPIC audit. We can even counsel you on hiring and firing issues. Be sure you make the best decisions and hire Florida Healthcare Law Firm.

 

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Is Your Medical Software Provider Using the Cloud to Store Data?

by admin on December 14, 2020 No comments

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medical software security hipaa protectedBy: Steven Boyne

The Question of the Week: Is your Medical software provider using the Cloud to store data?

These days everyone is migrating to the Cloud.  This exodus away from servers to the cloud is driven by the flexibility, security and pricing that Cloud services such as AWS (Amazon Web Services), Microsoft’s Azure, Google Cloud and IBM offer software developers.  It is a pretty safe assumption that most healthcare software vendors are currently using the Cloud, or they plan on using the Cloud.

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Company Model Scrutiny For Physicians After Daitch Case

by admin on December 11, 2020 No comments

fhlf daitch caseBy: Jeff Cohen

A 2018 Department of Justice civil settlement involving a Florida interventional pain physician was a cliff hanger when it surfaced, especially vis a vis the issue of the so-called Company Model, where anesthesiologists and referring physicians jointly owned an anesthesia provider.  The Daitch settlement involved interventional pain specialists who settled the case for $2.8 Million.  There, the government claimed that a mass of urine drug tests weren’t reasonable or medically necessary.  But the issue buried in the settlement call the issue of intertwined medical businesses and the Company Model into question.

The so-called Company Model involves the formation of a company that provides anesthesia services.  It’s jointly owned by anesthesiologists and referring physicians.  Theoretically, on a Monday, the anesthesiologists own the anesthesia practice and bill for all anesthesia services performed at a GI lab or ASC.  On a Tuesday, however, the new company (jointly owned by the same anesthesiologists and the referring physicians) steps in and starts billing for the anesthesia services, thus indirectly sharing a part of the profits with the physicians who are generating the anesthesia referrals.

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January 1, 2021: Hospital Pricing May Not be Clear, but it Must be Transparent

by admin on December 10, 2020 No comments

fhlf hospital pricing transparencyBy: David J. Davidson

On January 1, 2021, every hospital in the United States (with very few exceptions) will be required to post clear, accessible pricing information online about the items and services they provide.  These “standard charges” must be provided in two ways: first, as a comprehensive list of all items and services offered by the hospital in a machine readable format; and second, as a display of “shoppable services” in a consumer friendly format.  According to CMS, the stated goal of the new rule is to empower patients “with the necessary information to make informed health care decisions.”

With the first requirement, the list must include gross charges, discounted cash prices, payor-specific negotiated charges, and de-identified minimum and maximum negotiated charges.  The items and services covered are basically anything for which the hospital has established a standard charge, regardless of location or whether the item or service is provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis.  These include, but are not limited to, supplies, surgical implants, procedures, room and board, and professional charges.

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Florida Sober Homes Have No Appeal Rights in the DCF/FARR Certification Process

by admin on December 8, 2020 No comments

FARR Certification DCF Recovery Residence Appeal DenialBy: Karina Gonzalez

Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is vested with authority over substance abuse services and is responsible to approve at least one credentialing entity to develop and administer a voluntary certification program for recovery residences also referred to as sober homes.  DCF approved FARR (Florida Association of Recovery Residences) as the provider for the voluntary certification program, and it is the only certifying entity, it is the only game in town for sober homes.  The issue at hand now is not whether certification is good or necessary for the sober living industry, rather, the issue is that sober homes have no due process giving them an entry point into the system to challenge DCF or FARR when their certification has been denied, revoked or suspended or some other sanction has been imposed!

While sober home certification is referred to as “voluntary” there is absolutely nothing voluntary about it.  A sober home will not be able to keep its business running without FARR certification. This is because substance abuse providers cannot refer any of their clients to a sober home that is not FARR certified and cannot accept a referral from an uncertified sober home. This prohibition on referrals to and from non-FARR certified sober homes also makes it a first-degree misdemeanor for anyone who violates the prohibition. In addition, there is an administrative fine of $1000 per occurrence in the law should anyone violate the referral prohibition. 

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Laboratory Compliance Services With Expert Lab Lawyers

by admin on December 8, 2020 No comments

Laboratories nationwide are overwhelmed with increased diagnostic testing volume while simultaneously managing regulatory changes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is more essential than ever for clinical laboratories to enforce regulation, have a compliance plan in place and develop or enhance operational policies. Our firm has expert lab lawyers with ‘insider’ healthcare business knowledge to help keep your business compliant while adapting to the rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

Download the laboratory compliance image as a PDF here.

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