Considerations for Clinician Contracting – An Employer Perspective

Considerations for Clinician Contracting – An Employer Perspective

Having written a series of posts over the years addressing employment contracting from the physician perspective, one of our readers reached out to let us know that Nixon Law Group should, likewise, address physician/clinician employment contracting from the perspective of the healthcare employer.  Considerations for Clinician Contracting – An Employer Perspective…

Free Smartphones for Patients?! The OIG's Opinion

Free Smartphones for Patients?! The OIG's Opinion

This Advisory Opinion demonstrates OIG’s willingness to remove barriers to adoption of healthcare technologies - such as lack of access to a smartphone - that may improve patient outcomes and reduce overall costs of care.  

7 Common Mistakes Physicians Make When Signing a Physician Employment Contract (and How to Avoid Them)

7 Common Mistakes Physicians Make When Signing a Physician Employment Contract (and How to Avoid Them)

Smart physicians are not immune from making highly regrettable mistakes when it comes to employment contracts. And unlike in medicine, you don't get the option of trying a new treatment plan if the first one doesn't work. Physicians are educated, and intellectually sophisticated. This means that, even though you weren’t trained to read legal contracts in medical school, courts expect that you have read and fully understand the terms of the contracts you sign. That means that, both during and even after your employment, you're stuck with the contract you sign, so make sure you avoid these common pitfalls.

Congress Votes to Legalize Low-THC Cannabis (Hemp)

Congress Votes to Legalize Low-THC Cannabis (Hemp)

On December 12, 2018, Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill (The “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” or the “Bill”), which includes provisions that exempt Cannabis plants with lower than 0.3% THC content (also called “Hemp”) from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Once signed into law, the Farm Bill effectively legalizes the production, commercialization, and interstate shipment and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products like cannabidiol or “CBD”. Each state (including Indian Tribes and U.S. Territories) will eventually be able to regulate hemp production like any other agricultural commodity, as long as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approves its plan to monitor and regulate the plant’s production.

Should I Self-Disclose a Stark or AntiKickback Violation?

Should I Self-Disclose a Stark or AntiKickback Violation?

On September 27, 2018, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) for the first time announced its own “road map” guiding voluntary self-disclosures and cooperation with government investigations of fraud and abuse in the healthcare industry. By encouraging self-disclosure, the government is incentivizing healthcare entities to come forward early with reports of violations in the hope of negotiating reasonable settlements, avoiding exclusion from Federal healthcare programs, and reducing the severe civil and criminal penalties that would otherwise be imposed for such violations.

When Do I Need a Healthcare Attorney?  Responding to an Investigation by the Virginia Department of Health Professions

When Do I Need a Healthcare Attorney? Responding to an Investigation by the Virginia Department of Health Professions

Do I really need a healthcare attorney? The Board is simply asking me to answer some questions and provide some documentation. Of course, a Board complaint is a big deal, but this part seems harmless/easy enough. I will just respond and tell them what happened, right?” The reality is that an effective response is not as straightforward as it may seem. Hiring a healthcare attorney to assist in the preparation of your response to a complaint investigation can improve your chances of resolving the complaint at the investigation stage, incidentally saving you money in the long run.