Physicians and Group Practices

Effective Compliance Plans: Have they ever been more important to your organizations?

Last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had entered into a $25.5 million settlement with Intermountain Health Care, Inc. (Intermountain), Utah’s largest health system with 22 hospitals and more than 4,500 physicians, to resolve self-reported violations of the Stark Law and the False Claims Act.

Physician-Hospital Integration: “Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost”

“Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost” – this is the title of a recent Wall Street Journal article written by Anna Wilde Mathews, which provides a view on the hospital-physician integration phenomenon.  The article describes the higher fees charged by hospitals that result when physicians become employed by hospitals.   

CMS Launches New Tools to Fight Health Care Fraud

The federal government’s war on healthcare fraud is going high-tech with the opening of a $3.6 million command center.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pays $750 billion each year to more than 1.5 million healthcare providers, and healthcare fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers more than $60 billion annually (see Health Law Giv

Linking Patients and Doctors Through a Smart Phone App

Forward-thinking hospital systems are taking advantage of new technology to facilitate patient-doctor interaction.  Providence Health Ministry in Mobile, Alabama  recently announced the launch of a new smart phone app to connect patients with the doctors and physician groups practicing at Providence Hospital.   The features of the app enable patients to: