Research validates (duh) that massage therapy works

The profession of massage therapy still has practitioner and facility licensure but has come a long way from the day when it was outlawed as prostitution or peep holes were required.

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Telemedicine inroads from California to Canada

California is one of many states enacting laws for telemedicine and tele-health.

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Does my outpatient clinic need a facility license?

Whether your health care clinic needs a special permit or facilities license in your state is a question of local law that varies greatly depending on the state.

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Major California Attorney General Opinions Involving Business & Professions Code Section 650

Is it kickback? A fee-split? (One client kept referring to this as "flea-spitting."  Sorry, it's fee splitting.)

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California Prohibits Kickbacks and Fee-Splitting

California law prohibits fee-splitting and kickbacks, but it does allow payments based on fair market value that are not tied to patient volume.

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California Self-Referral and Related Laws

Like many states, California law contains prohibitions against physicians referring patients to health care entities in which the doctors have a financial interest.

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Round Up The Usual Disclaimers

I have modified one of the famous closing lines from Casablanca, "round up the usual suspects," to "round up the usual disclaimers."

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Telemedicine laws allow entry into neurophysiology

If you haven't heard of teleneurophysiology, know that the word tele is going to become as ubiquitous in health care over the next few years as the e- in e-prescribing.

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Disclaimer as to Uncertain Nature of Law

Here is the "disclaimer as to uncertain nature of law" for legal memos involving anti-kickback, fee-splitting and self-referral.

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Group Exception to Kickback Prohibition Under State Law

Health care entities and providers should know that New York has a "group" exception to its statutory anti-kickback provisions.

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Sample Disclosure Form for Self-Referrals

New York provides a sample disclosure form for self-referrals under its administrative rules.

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Health Care Referrals for Designated Health Services Raise State Law Issues

States as well as the federal government can prohibit health care referrals for designated health services in exchange for financial compensation or other forms of remuneration, or where the referring person has an ownership interest.

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Do percentage-based, revenue-sharing arrangements between a clinic and its health care practitioners violate Stark, antikickback and fee-splitting laws?

Many medical spas, health care clinics, integrative medicine facilities, and wellness facilities are asking whether sharing revenues with practitioners violates the law and puts them in legal jeopardy.

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Mini-Stark statute addresses self-referral legal issues

New York has its own "mini-Stark" law addressing referrals to health care entities in which the referring practitioner has an ownership or other financial interest.

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Legal Rules Restrict Scope of Practice Boundaries in Acupuncture

Every state has legal rules that restrict practice boundaries (scope of practice) for non-medical health care professionals, such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, nurses and psychologists.

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Health Care Provider Licensing Laws Spell Out Who Can Practice

Some states, such as New York, spell out clearly who can offer health care practices and the legal definitions for and boundaries of these practices.

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New York's Strong Corporate Practice of Medicine Requires a Professional Corporation for Professional Services

Corporate practice of medicine rules can be quite complex, and range from "strong" to "weak" doctrines.

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Texas amends its telemedicine rule

The Texas Medical Board has amended one its significant telemedicine rules.

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Telemedicine business huge abroad

Brazil, Russia, India, China are making huge gains in the telemedicine market.

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Telemedicine used on mobile phones to enhance health care

Physicians and patients are increasingly moving into telemedicine models of health care.

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Fee Splitting and Kickbacks continue to challenge physicians

Fee-splitting and kickback issues pose challenge for medical clinics and wellness centers that include non-physician providers such as nurses, psychologists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and massage therapists.

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Alternative therapies for mesothelioma; homeopathy certificates

Homeopathy certificate programs abound - though non-licensed homeopaths still face considerable legal pressures including risk of prosecution for unlicensed practice of medicine.

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