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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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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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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5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

5 Things Healthcare Providers are Doing Wrong on Social Media

Are your social media practices compliant with HIPAA and other medical privacy laws? If you’re not careful, that seemingly harmless post can land you in hot water.  Avoid these five common mistakes healthcare professionals make on social media. Most of us cannot go more than 10 minutes without checking our Twitter or Facebook feeds for updates....

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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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