During the course of business, health care professionals such as dentists are faced with several compliance and business issues that affect their medical practice. It’s always advisable to retain the services of a healthcare attorney for dentists, to ensure compliance with the numerous federal and state health care laws. They can also provide legal services on matters relating to business transactions, and regulatory defense.
Dentists are required to comply with health care regulations including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Stark Law, and the Anti-Kickback Statute. HIPAA governs the confidentiality of patient medical records. The Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute regulate specific types of referrals, and financial transactions.
Dentists need to make sure that they are adhering to the various regulations, and also have the related policies and procedures in place. Having a health care attorney is one way to make certain that their compliance is intact.
Dentists often require legal advice at start-up, especially in relation to the type of business entity most suitable for their dental practice i.e. limited Liability Company, partnership, or Professional Corporation. A health care attorney can also manage the preparation of dental practice agreements, assist with property matters, and also with lease agreements for dental equipment.
Attorneys can also handle litigation issues arising out of overpayment appeals, disputes over dental equipment, or licensure defense and appeals. There may also be issues relating to Dental board investigations, as well as reimbursement audits and investigations.
Having a qualified health care attorney available for dentists, ensures that compliance and business transaction issues are being accurately managed. Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles provides representation for dentists on these and other matters. Call 310-203-2800 today to speak to an attorney about legal issues affecting your dental practice.