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PRESIDENT’S PAGE: “Will care be there?” That was the question being asked by physicians across the state of Arizona ten years ago at the Medical Liability Insurance Crisis Rally on October 21, 2004. Perhaps the question for 2014 is not whether or not care will be there, but will quality care be there? Dr. Anand shares her thoughts on the state of organized medicine today. Page 6
PUBLIC HEALTH: This is a very exciting and interesting time for patients with Hepatitis C (HCV) and for those who are involved in providing their treatment. The future looks even brighter in the coming months as newer and even better drugs are developed. Read Dr. Richard Manch’s article. Page 22
round-up Volume 60 • August 2014
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THE LEGAL ISSUE:
Steve Perlmutter, MD, JD From the Operating Room to the Courtroom. How How does does aa physician physician make make the the transition transition from from being being aa patient patient advocate advocate to to aa defender defender of of physicians? physicians? Read Read Dr. Dr. Perlmutter’s Perlmutter’s story. story. Page Page 16 16 FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: What does legal mean to doctors? What do doctors think of when they think of the legal community? What do doctors think of the AZ Medical Board? Jay Conyers, PhD, asks those questions and explains how the MCMS is answering them. Page 12
R TAX RULES — PROPERTY PURCHASE: Thinking of buying, leasing or buildin to suit for your practice? Tracy Altemus, CCIM and Zandra building O’Keefe, CPA, recommend physicians take note of significant tax exemptions. Page 38
RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS: When forming a professional relationship, one question for both the physician and practice group to carefully consider is whether to enter into a restrictive covenant agreement. Read attorneys Stacy Gabriel and Barrie Stachel professional suggestions. Page 30
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE: Attorneys Andrew Plattner and Marcie Damisch present HIPAA 101 – some of the basic requirements applicable to physicians under HIPAA and focus on its three primary components: the Privacy Rule; the Security Rule; and the Breach Notification Rule. Page 40
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: A ha! It is that moment when an idea strike for that next great medical device or medical application. Attorney Steve Lawrence provides physicians with a summary of potential pitfalls and best practices when considering a new invention. Page 34
BANKRUPTCY: It is no secret that physicians around the country are feeling greater financial stress. Many in the healthcare field will be forced to participate in the bankruptcy process in one way or another – as a debtor, creditor, or as an employee of an insolvent group. Ethan Minkin and Andy Harnisch acquaints the reader with the bankruptcy process by way of a hypothetical Chapter 11 case. Page 46
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