What Orthodontists Need to Know About Illegal Referrals, Kickbacks, and Fee-Splitting Schemes

What Orthodontists Need to Know About Illegal Referrals, Kickbacks, and Fee-Splitting Schemes

To ensure legal compliance, orthodontists, like other healthcare professionals, should maintain a basic awareness of how these healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse laws may impact their practice. To this end, we summarize below the Stark Law, AKS, and related state laws, with an emphasis where applicable on Illinois law. Brace yourself for this number: Of...

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When Can I Terminate an Employee at my Practice?

When Can I Terminate an Employee at my Practice?

“I’m an at-will employer. Why can’t I just fire someone when I want to?” Practice owners often pose this question to their healthcare employment attorney when asking for the green light to fire an employee. Many states presume that employment relationships are “at-will.” At-will employment means employees are free to resign from their employment at...

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Why Black Women are Dying in Childbirth & How All Women’s Health Providers Can Help

Why Black Women are Dying in Childbirth & How All Women’s Health Providers Can Help

Many Black women believe that the U.S. healthcare system contains institutionalized race and gender biases, and that these necessarily linger in the delivery rooms. Black women experience discrimination far beyond the hospital walls. But all of a women’s healthcare providers can help reduce her likelihood of experiencing fatal childbirth complications – whether through cultural competency...

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Considerations for Dental Partnership Agreements

Considerations for Dental Partnership Agreements

Dentists can structure their practices using a variety of different legal entity forms. Is one of the most common arrangements, a partnership, right for your practice? Here’s what you should know if a partnership agreement will govern your practice’s ownership and management. In today’s dental marketplace, many dentists opt to partner with one or more...

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What Veterinarians Need to Know About Telehealth

What Veterinarians Need to Know About Telehealth

Telehealth is an emerging and exciting opportunity for veterinary practices in Illinois, but one that presents legal, ethical, and technological challenges. If your practice is thinking about offering telehealth, telemedicine, or mobile health services to its patients, it is important that you consider these challenges before you start, so you can build compliance into your...

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Sexual Harassment in Healthcare in the #MeToo Era

Sexual Harassment in Healthcare in the #MeToo Era

Generally, an employer is not liable for harassment if the employer takes reasonable steps to discover and rectify incidences of sexual harassment within the workplace. In healthcare, this can mean harassment of or at the hands of either employees or patients. Conversely, employers are liable for sexual harassment when the employer does little or nothing...

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Laser Treatment at the Medspa: The Rules on Physician Delegation and Oversight in Illinois

Laser Treatment at the Medspa: The Rules on Physician Delegation and Oversight in Illinois

Ablative and non-ablative laser treatments for skin rejuvenation are some of the most common and popular services available at medical spas. Because these procedures are considered the practice of medicine in Illinois, only physicians have the legal authority to perform them. However, qualified non-physician personnel may provide laser treatment services, if delegated and supervised by...

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New Illinois Laws to Know for 2019

New Illinois Laws to Know for 2019

It’s a new year, and that means a host of new laws take effect in Illinois. We reviewed them and summarized the ones most likely to impact your healthcare practice. As the new year begins, many laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly also take effect. Over 250 new laws become effective on January 1st,...

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