Regulatory & Compliance
While a significant share of the compliance burden is born by physicians and dentists as individuals, group practices deal with their fair share of the regulatory red tape. The Stewart Firm will have your back in all situations, whether they involve opening an ancillary service business, complying with the prohibitions on self-referral, defending you during a federal investigation, or otherwise. Dentists are subject to fewer regulations, but still need to, at a bare minimum, protect their patients' confidential information and comply with the regulations that the law deems applicable to them.
- Third-Party Contractors
Your practice will inevitably come into contact with a third-party service provider, such as a billing contractor or a software provider, shortly after it comes into existence. Unlike your colleagues that are well-versed in patient confidentiality and disclosure matters, those businesses may be unfamiliar with the requirements of the law applicable to your industry. Our easy-to-read agreements and policies will educate your contractors on matters of compliance with HIPAA, HITECH Act, and other law, as well as protect you to the maximum extent permitted by the law, in a case those providers fail to play by the rules.
- HIPAA, Stark Law, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute
We are experienced in formulating policies, handbooks, and manuals designed to protect you from falling short of the required compliance levels prescribed by law, through practice and through employee physicians' acts or omissions. The firm will guide you through the complexities of the required disclosures, exceptions, and other regulatory issues to ensure that you have full knowledge of the regulatory environment and of what is required of you to ward off any potential OIG inquiries that may adversely affect your business.