The Takeaway From CMS 2019 Proposed Physician Payment Rule

The Takeaway From CMS 2019 Proposed Physician Payment Rule

On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued its annual proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2019. Several key changes are included in this proposal, the most exciting of which is a requirement that physicians are paid for their time when they contact Medicare beneficiaries via telephone or other telecommunications channels...

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Overwhelmed with employees’ vacation requests? Erin Jackson shares tips with NCR Silver.

Overwhelmed with employees’ vacation requests? Erin Jackson shares tips with NCR Silver.

The first vacation request passed across your desk months ago. Then another… and another… And a last-minute request for a child’s out-of-state summer sports event, or a college tour, or just some special family time. As a business owner, how can you manage your employees’ needs to take time away from the office while balancing...

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5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

Most of us cannot go more than 10 minutes without checking our Twitter or Facebook feeds for updates. Healthcare professionals are no different. If you are a healthcare provider, you need to be extra careful when it comes to sharing information that might be protected under HIPAA and other medical privacy laws. Here are five...

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How do I know if my employer can enforce my noncompete agreement?

How do I know if my employer can enforce my noncompete agreement?

Many Illinois doctors and healthcare providers do not take the time to review their existing employment contracts before leaving to start a new practice. This can be problematic if these contracts contain restrictive covenants, or “noncompete” provisions. Indeed, many doctors think they can simply ignore a noncompete agreement, set up shop across the street from...

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5 Things to Do Before Buying a Healthcare Practice

5 Things to Do Before Buying a Healthcare Practice

#1 – Review the books. Personally evaluate all liabilities and assets. This helps you understand how much business is necessary to sustain the practice, how adequately (or inadequately) employees are compensated, whether patient accounts are sent to collections, and whether the practice is something in which you want to invest. With the books in front...

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3 Questions a Chiropractor Should Ask before Hiring a Physical Therapist

3 Questions a Chiropractor Should Ask before Hiring a Physical Therapist

Can a chiropractor hire a physical therapist? This question might seem simple, but it implicates a complex array of federal and state laws.  As healthcare practices continue to consolidate and merge, it’s also a question that we’re asked frequently.  Each client and each situation are different, and this post isn’t a substitute for personalized legal...

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