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Understanding the Stark Law

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

One of the many laws that are designed to protect consumers from healthcare fraud and abuse is known as the Stark Law. Originally entered into law in 1990 and amended in 1993, the Stark Law is named after the congressman who championed it, Pete Stark. Understanding this law is important for those operating a dental or medical service. In this post, we'll tell you what the Stark Law is and how it affects your practice so you can remain in compliance.

 

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Posted on 06/17/2020 at 10:00 AM

Covid-19 Resources for Employers

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

We know you’ve been exposed to a great amount of information about the COVID-19 crisis and what it means for your practice. In order to better serve you, we’ve compiled a list of resources to help you make sense of all the information available. Continue to visit this page for more updates and resources!   

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Posted on 03/25/2020 at 04:56 PM

5 Things to Consider When Selling a Dental Practice to a DSO

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

A dental support organization (DSO) can be a big help in taking some of the stress out of your day-to-day practice. These organizations will purchase your practice and then handle all of the non-clinical aspects of running the business for you. As you can imagine, selling to a DSO involves giving up a large amount of control. In this post, we'll take a look at what you will be getting and what you will be giving up should you choose to sell your practice to a DSO.

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Posted on 03/18/2020 at 10:00 AM

A Timely Response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Concerns

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

While businesses may not need to begin stockpiling toilet paper, a measured response to the spread of COVID-19 should not be delayed by the savvy business owner. The growing risk of the pandemic COVID-19 (as described on March 11, 2020 by the director of the World Health Organization) virus has an undeniable effect on businesses in or near affected areas. It is advisable to be prepared, issuing company-wide advice on healthy best practices, backed by advice from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). It may also become prudent to plan for employee absences, or the possibility of government-mandated isolation.

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Posted on 03/13/2020 at 11:12 AM

Reasons to Hire a Dental Attorney

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Although there is a common misconception that attorneys are only needed for drafting complex legal documents and litigating disputes, the reality is that the insight and guidance of an experienced attorney can be more important to your dental practice than you think. The right legal advice can lay a solid foundation for every aspect of your practice's success, from keeping your employees happy to increasing your overall profitability.

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Posted on 03/11/2020 at 10:42 AM

Case Study: Hospital Changed Shift Requirements Affecting Worker on FMLA Leave

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

In Quigley v. Meritus Health, Inc., a court held that a hospital’s decision to change shift requirements which affected a worker on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave did not constitute unlawful interference. In this case, an ultrasound technician who was on FMLA leave was the hospital’s only technician who had a set schedule, working 8 hours per day Wednesday through Sunday. The hospital implemented a requirement that all ultrasound techs work rotating schedules so as to have an ultrasound technician available to patients 24 hours per day. This regulation affected the employee on leave more than any other worker as the employee was the only ultrasound tech on a set schedule at the time that the change went into effect....

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Posted on 03/05/2020 at 09:59 AM

6 Things to Consider When Terminating an Associate

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Terminating an associate is never easy, nor is it something to consider lightly. If you're thinking about terminating an associate at your dental practice, not only do you want to be sure that you protect yourself and your practice, but that you take the right steps to remain a reasonable employer. Make sure you keep these key things in mind. 

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Posted on 02/26/2020 at 10:46 AM

California Employment Law Update: How to Get Your Office HR Compliant for 2020

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

Human resource compliance can be challenging. The requirements continue to get more complex every year as they are updated to address current issues regarding labor and employment.

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Posted on 01/29/2020 at 10:40 AM

DSO Agreements: How They Differ from Private Practice Associate Agreements, and What You Should Consider Before Entering Into One

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

One of the toughest decisions a new dentist has to make is determining whether he or she will go into private practice or work with a DSO.

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Posted on 01/15/2020 at 10:48 AM

Anxiety, Disability, and ADA Compliance

By Ali Oromchian, Esq.

People with disabilities, including those who have a physical, sensory, cognitive, or mental impairment are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA covers a variety of areas, including all aspects of employment — reviewing applications, interviewing, hiring, training, promotion, salary, and termination, as well as employee benefits and workplace privileges.

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Posted on 01/08/2020 at 10:00 AM

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