Why retain a law firm for negotiating and preparing physician-hospital agreements

Physician-hospital agreements are mutually beneficial joint ventures that are meant to enhance patient care, and provide additional revenue for physicians. However, there are various regulatory and business aspects to these collaborative relationships, which both entities need to understand. Therefore physicians should retain a law firm for negotiating and drafting physician-hospital agreements (learn more)

Most physician-hospital contracts (medical directorships) are multifaceted. Physicians are generally required to provide administrative oversight, as well as supervisory duties. These duties often include supervision of non-physician staff, as well as preparing reports and schedules.

In order to avoid potential pitfalls, physicians must be aware of the critical issues relating to compliance with federal and state health care laws. That’s why they should retain experienced legal counsel to prepare, negotiate, and review all the elements of these agreements.

In drafting the physician-hospital agreements, the expertise of the law firm is indispensable. The attorneys will ensure that the requirements of the contract are reasonable, and the physician is adequately compensated for his/her duties and responsibilities. In addition, the firm can overview the compensation arrangements, to make certain that they are structured in strict compliance with federal and state health care laws.

Attorneys can also ensure that the contract has the relevant provisions for medical malpractice insurance. There have been cases in which the medical director is held liable, when cases of professional liability or medical malpractice are brought against a medical entity. Physicians should therefore have adequate protection, as the judicial process can be costly and lengthy.

Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles, is a law firm that assists health care providers with the various issues relating to physician-hospital agreements.  They also provide counsel for health care facilities, in determining their medical directorship needs.  Call 310-203-2800 now to speak with an experienced attorney, to assist with this or other health care matters.

Different types of breast lift incisions patterns

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Sagging breasts are a common problem for many women, especially those with a large cup size. Age, pregnancy, weight loss, and genetics, all play a part in causing breasts to sag. Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is the surgical procedure recommended to give the chest a boost, and firm and shape the breasts.  There are several techniques used to perform mastopexy and consequently, there are different types of breast lift incisions.

Breast lift surgery readjusts the lower pole of the breast to make it higher, giving the breasts a more youthful appearance. It also improves the definition of the curves of the upper body.

When contemplating breast lift surgery, women should consider the skill of the surgeon, as well as how the surgery will be performed. Breast lift surgery can be done in several ways, it all depends on the nature of the incision.

The main types of breast lift incisions are:

  • The lollipop or vertical incision. This is recommended for women with mild breast droop. The incision first circles the areola, and then extends downward. No horizontal cut is made along the breast, hence the lollipop shape.
  • The peri-areolar incision. This incision is generally performed on women with moderate droop, and goes around the areola.
  • The anchor or vertical T incision. This is recommended for women with significant breast droop. The incision is similar to the lollipop pattern. It circles the areola, extends downward but then continues horizontally along the inframammary crease.

If you would like to learn more about the different types of breast lift incisions, contact Rocheford Plastic Surgery practice in Woodbury, MN. Please call 651-739-1100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Heather Rocheford. During the consultation Dr. Rocheford will discuss the options with you, and determine which approach will give you the most satisfying results.

What is the ‘Laser 360’ skin treatment and how can it make you look younger?

If your skin is looking dull and drab, and you’ve been dreaming of restoring its natural glow, ask your dermatologist about Laser 360. But what exactly is the laser 360 skin treatment, and how can it help you to push back the hands of time. Unlike other skin treatments that target one aspect of skin care, Laser 360 is a comprehensive skin care program that produces results much like a facelift.

What is laser 360?

Laser 360 is a skin rejuvenation treatment developed by Alma Lasers. It combines 3 light based technologies that together tackle issues relating to the tone, texture, and color of the skin. It deals with specific concerns such as skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, and sun spots. It also encourages collagen production.

How the Laser 360 works

The multiple technologies – AFT intense pulsed light, near infrared technology, and Pixel laser- combine to renew the skin in 60 days. It typically takes 3 to 6 treatments with each technology, to restore and revitalize the skin. The time may vary, depending on the condition of the skin.

Laser 360 Technologies

•    AFT pulsed light therapy gets rid of skin discolorations.
•    Near infrared technology provides dermal heating to tighten the skin.
•    Pixel module exfoliates and hydrates the skin, to improve skin color and textural irregularities. It also treats wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.

What to expect

There is minimal downtime associated with the Laser 360 treatment; therefore most patients are able to resume regular activities within a day or so. The skin will look noticeably younger and healthier after treatment.

Find out more about the Laser 360 treatment by visiting Khrom Dermatology, Brooklyn, NY. Call 1-855-454-7666 to schedule your visit with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tatiana Khrom. You can also go online to www.khromdermatology.com.

Should your practice be concerned about a DEA audit?

There is a lot of scrutiny of the health care system these days, therefore, federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) audits or administrative inspections are not uncommon. The DEA is responsible for monitoring the supply and distribution of pharmaceutical controlled substances in the US. Since their role is so far reaching, should your practice be concerned about a DEA audit?

DEA audits

The DEA has stepped up efforts to reduce the incidences of abuse, which can be traced to substances obtained from a legitimate source. There is growing concern that an increasing number of patients are abusing pharmaceutical controlled substances obtained from their physician, or other health care provider.

DEA Compliance

As a result of this trend, health care providers need to be aware of the regulatory requirements of the DEA. They should endeavor to fulfil state and DEA regulations that govern the administering, prescribing, and dispensing of controlled substances. Health providers that do not adhere to the established patterns, are likely to trigger the suspicion of the DEA.

Should you be concerned about a DEA audit?

If you have been careful to pay attention to relevant statutes, and also maintain correct records in your medical practice, you don’t have to be too concerned about a DEA audit. However, if you are not keeping proper records, and you are unsure if you are acting in accordance with DEA guidelines, you should seek legal assistance to correct any administrative deficiencies.

Whether you believe your practice is compliant or not, the need for qualified, expert legal advice cannot be overemphasized. If you require assistance with meeting DEA regulations or any other legal matter, contact Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles.  Call 310-203-2800 today, or send an email to  [email protected]

Forming physician-hospital agreements

Forming physician-hospital agreements

Physician-hospital agreements are often driven by the need to deliver lower cost, quality healthcare that provides patients with the best outcomes. This type of value-based health care is achieved when physicians and hospitals enter into co-management agreements. But what goes into forming physician-hospital agreements (learn more).

Physician-hospital agreements are also referred to as co-management, or medical directorship agreements. They are designed to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. Under these agreements, physicians assume a more active role in management. They perform administrative functions, and also take on supervisory responsibilities that relate to specific categories of service.

Reasons for physician-hospital agreements

Health care reforms in the US, have led to an increase in the number of co-management agreements between physicians and hospitals. The goal of improving the quality and consistency of patient care, now requires greater co-ordination among those involved in delivering health care. This type of alignment between hospital facilities and doctors, ensures the success of the health care system, and also reduces costs.

Physicians view these agreements as a way to stabilize income from decreasing reimbursement, and hospitals consider them a growth generation strategy. Health care providers, should always seek legal counsel to assist with negotiating and drafting of physician-hospital agreements. Legal advice is also needed to address potential issues that may arise in the event that the relationship has to be terminated for any reason.

As the healthcare landscape in the US continues to evolve, there is likely going to be many more co-management agreements being formulated.

If you are contemplating forming a physician-hospital agreement, be sure to seek legal counsel regarding the steps involved. At Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles, CA, we assist clients in ensuring that these agreements meet the requisite state requirements. For more information call 310-203-2800, or send an email to [email protected]

How to maintain healthy skin in the dry winter months

How to maintain healthy skin in the winter

Winter often brings single digit temperature and high wind gusts that wreak havoc on the skin. These conditions cause many people to grapple with how best to maintain healthy skin in the winter. If the winter weather is getting you down because your skin is dull and dry, then try out these tips to get it looking beautiful again.

During the winter many people experience dry, itchy, skin, because the skin loses moisture. It’s therefore important to maintain healthy skin by keeping it moisturized and protected.

How to add moisture to your skin in winter:

  • Use a thick moisturizer that can give you the extra hydration your skin needs to combat the dry air. Thicker moisturizers last longer, and provide more protection. If you have an existing problem such as eczema, it can also help to reduce the incidences of flare-ups.
  • Get a humidifier for your home to help put back moisture in the air. This is a great way to counterbalance the heating systems that cause your skin to dry out.

How to protect your skin in winter:

  • Use sunblock. Sunscreen protection is just as necessary in winter, as the skin is also susceptible to the sun’s UV radiation. Be sure to use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Cover-up by protecting your face with sunglasses or goggles, and wearing gloves to protect the hands.

In addition, you should also seek professional skin care in winter. Cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels and facials also help to keep the skin beautiful.

If you want more information on how to maintain healthy skin in winter, contact Sona Med Spa. They are located in Memphis, TN and Little Rock, AR. You can set up an appointment by calling their Memphis location at 901-683-8220, or their Little Rock location at 501-228-7662.

Does the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure involve liposuction?

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More women in the US are now electing to undergo a Brazilian butt lift, in order to improve the shape and size of their posterior.  The procedure is considered a safer alternative to butt implants, as the complications are minimal, and the results are very good. But does the Brazilian butt lift procedure involve liposuction?

What is the Brazilian butt lift?

The Brazilian butt lift is an operation that uses fatty tissue to augment the buttocks. The fat is first harvested from selected parts of the body, and then transferred to the butt. Fatty tissue used in the procedure is commonly taken from the thighs, stomach, and ‘love handles.’

Does the Brazilian Butt Lift involve liposuction?

Yes it does. Liposuction is the first procedure that is performed during a Brazilian Butt lift.  The fat is removed from the donor area via traditional liposuction, which uses a suction along with special cannulas. Liposuction contours the body and improves the figure, to give you a more attractive figure overall (click here).

The Procedure

The cannulas are used to break up the pockets of fat, which is then suctioned from the body. The extracted fat is processed and purified, before being re-injected in the buttocks. The injections generally target the upper quadrant of the buttocks, in order to achieve a perky, lifted look.

The benefits of the Brazilian butt lift are two-fold, it gives you a curvier butt, but it also contours the parts of the body from which fat is removed.

If you are interested learning more about how liposuction is involved in the Brazilian Butt lift, contact Song Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA. They also serve the Orange County areas. Call 949-701-4454 to schedule a consultation with plastic surgeon, Kyle Song, MD.

Why and how poor posture can cause neck and back pain

Proper posture not only looks great, but it also contributes to good health. Many people don’t appreciate the importance of good posture, yet it plays such a vital role in the health of the neck, and spinal tissue. People with neck and back pain often seek solutions in all the wrong places, because they don’t understand why or how poor posture can cause neck and back pain.

Understanding good posture

Good posture is about the body being in proper alignment and position. That means the natural shape of the neck and spine are kept, resulting in good body form, and minimal stress on the muscles and ligaments. That form should be maintained whether you are standing, sitting, or driving. This will allow the muscles to work efficiently, and cause less wear and tear on the muscular and vascular systems.

Improper posture and your health

Habits such as bending the head down or bending the neck backward, can interfere with the normal shape of the spine. These are all elements of improper posture. Poor posture can lead to general fatigue, and more importantly, it causes neck and back pain.

Once the spine is moved out of shape, there is going to be excess stress on the muscles of the neck. Forward head posture or FHP is a common position that shifts the body out of alignment, as it pushes the head in front of the shoulders. If the stressful situation continues, you will eventually start experiencing pain in both the neck and back.

If you would like to learn more about why poor posture can cause neck and back pain, visit www.posturepump.com. The Posture Pump retails a range of products to help relieve the problems caused by improper posture.

Improve and refresh your Eyes: Remove Bags & Dark Circles

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Do you have dark circles and bags below your eyes that creams and serums can’t seem to get rid of? If you do, ask your doctor about dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are an anti-aging wonder that can improve your eyes, and remove the bags and dark circles that are making you look old.

Causes of Undereye bags and dark circles

The undereye or tear trough is often quick to show the signs of age, when there is loss of fat below the eyes.  Since the skin in that area is very thin, the blood vessels located there become more visible when there is fat loss, giving rise to dark circles.  Bags under the eyes also occur with aging, because as the tissue and muscles weaken, the fat shifts downward.

Treating the undereye with dermal fillers

Dermal fillers have been used successfully to treat the undereye area. They restore volume to the tear trough and also stimulate collagen, which improves skin elasticity in the long term. As a result, bags and dark circles become less visible. The results look natural, and can last from 12 to 18 months.

In order to get the best results, dermal fillers have to be carefully injected at the proper depths, and within the safety boundaries. This is important, because the tear trough is a very sensitive area, so if the fillers are not injected correctly, any ‘lumpiness’ will be clearly seen. Injectors must therefore use the right injector technique, and have an accurate knowledge of the anatomy of the eye area.

If you live in the greater metro NYC area and need to improve your eyes, contact Khrom Dermatology in Brooklyn, to remove bags and dark circles. You can call 1-855-454-7666 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tatiana Khrom.