Lawsuits Against Doctors Are For More Than Just Medical Care Delivered

Getting back to the asset protection roots of our discussions, today we examine a variety of liabilities for doctors that are not strictly related to the “standard of care” at the center of most malpractice claims. If you joined us last week, we discussed so-called “defensive medicine” and the idea that limiting diagnostics based on […]

“Defensive Medicine” is often Good Medicine and “Best Practice” for Doctors

Asset protection for doctors is the main focus of this column (note: this article originally appeared at www.PhysiciansPractice .com, The Nation’s Leading Practice Mgmt. Resource) and we’ve examined it from many angles over the last 100+ articles I’ve shared here. Today, we examine the issue of defensive medicine, much decried by politicians and insurance companies and […]

Asset Protection and Wealth Preservation Attorney and Author to Speak on in Maui, November 21st, 2013

A Seminar About Protecting Your Wealth and Assets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Maui, HI.  November 17, 2013. Asset Protection Attorney Ike Devji will be the featured guest speaker at a November 21st, 2013 educational seminar for doctors, business owners and other high net worth individuals sponsored by Ronsman & Associates, a wealth advisory firm serving specially qualified clients in Hawaii, Arizona and Alaska.   […]

Employees, Financial and HIPPA Data Create Risk for Medical Practices and Business Owners

HIPAA and financial data present an ongoing asset-protection issue for physicians and medical practices. This week we take a look at a specific exposure suffered by up to 40,000 (yes, 40,000) patients of one Arizona medical practice and some simple precautions that may help your practice avoid the same exposure.  While written for doctors, this […]

Is your housekeeper, chef or nanny a lawsuit liability? Probably.

DOMESTIC EMPLOYEE

The frequency and exposure of lawsuits by various domestic help is a serious and growing threat. In the last few years I have seen more claims by domestic staff including maids, nannies, housekeepers, cooks, gardeners, personal trainers and etc. than ever before. Claims include wage and labor issues, sexual harassment, personal injury, wrongful termination, and […]

Drug-Based Treatment Liability Issues for Physicians

DRUG LIABILITY

A variety of medical specialties use drug-based treatments administered by the  physician’s office as a routine part of their treatment regimes. This usage presents expanding serious liability issues that require serious consideration  and risk management. The use of specialty-compounded drugs to treat a variety of ailments is on the rise (one recent report says they […]

Asset Protection Trust Jurisdictions For Doctors Part 2: Going Offshore

Last week marked the second chapter of our discussion of asset protection trusts for doctors, with a look some basic issues of jurisdiction, that is, what geographic location’s set of laws control the trust. For those who want a potentially higher degree of security with a longer track record, offshore tools like international asset protection […]

Asset Protection Trust Jurisdictions for Physicians – Part 1, Domestic

In our discussion two weeks ago we introduced the Asset Protection Trust (or APT) as a tool and answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding what it is and how it differs from the estate-planning trust many doctors already have in place. We continue our discussion of the APT this week and examine […]

Medical Practice Liability Insurance Tune Up: The First Line of Defense

We’ve previously detailed both the most common fatal flaws in physicians’ asset-protection planning and the reasons insurance alone is inadequate to protect doctors. Those issues aside, insurance against known and recurring exposures is always the essential first line of defense.   As you’ve seen in this column before, it is unreasonable to think that we […]

What Medical Practices Must Know About RAC Audits and Insurance

 Medical Billing & Collections, Risk Management By Ike Devji, JD   In a series of recent discussions we have examined exposures like ELPI Insurance, cyber liability insurance, and the need for directors and officers coverage by many physicians and practice owners. Continuing our examination of commonly overlooked medical practice risk management issues we turn to […]

Directors and Officers Liability Insurance Issues for Physicians

PHYSICIAN AND HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE LIABILITY

A commonly overlooked area of risk management in physician’s business and asset-protection planning is the need for “Directors and Officers” coverage, commonly referred to as D&O insurance.   In previous articles we have covered a variety of essential life, disability and liability insurance strategies, always the first line of defense. This week we examine the […]

HIPAA EXPOSURE GETS EVEN MORE ONEROUS – Medical Practice

As we’ve discussed in several previous articles, insurance that covers corporate and executive liabilities in an essential first line of defense, including Data Breach or Cyber Liability Coverage for doctors. This coverage grew even more important on Jan 25, 2013 as DHS provided additional rules and liability for medical practices which go into effect on March […]

Bad Advice Doctors, Business Owners Get from Financial Advisors

As we have discussed here multiple times in the past, the most effective wealth preservation planning has four key components: tax planning, legal planning, investment planning, and insurance planning. Fortunately, more advisors from different disciplines are adopting a more holistic view of their clients and educating themselves in a variety of areas outside their own […]

10 Survival Tips on Asset Protection for Real Estate Investors & Owners

ASSET PROTECTION - REAL ESTATE

  Real estate management issues fall into several basic categories: debt, liability, and loss. We provide an introduction to these issues to help you get your house in order below. As many business owners and physicians also have investment in real estate outside their business itself, I’ve included issues of wide applicably. Debt The nature of […]

Addressing Employee Liability Issues at Your Medical Practice or Business – 12 Month Practice Tune-up

12 Month Medical Practice Makeover

January 08, 2013 | Finance, Risk Management, Law & Malpractice, Staff By Ike Devji, JD Happy New Year and thanks for continuing into 2013 with us. In one of my last columns of 2012, I suggested that many of the complex issues we discussed together over the last few years in this forum can seem […]

Fatal Flaws in Doctors’ Asset Protection Planning

During my practice with a client base of thousands of doctors I have seen the best and the worst of asset protection planning available to the American public as well as the most common flaws evident in both self-directed planning and plans executed by “professionals” who do not practice primarily in this area. Below is […]

This Doctor’s Love Affair Became Malpractice

A doctor gets a six figure award against him unanimously upheld by an appeals court. We can protect you against lots of things, but your own actions are sometimes our greatest challenge. See the whole story as reported on medline here: This Doctor’s Love Affair Became Malpractice http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/775952?src=nl_topic

Is a Captive Insurance Company a Fit for Your Business or Medical Practice?

In our two previous discussions we introduced the general concept of a captive insurance company (captive) as well as specific qualifying questions to help doctors pick a good captive administrator. This week we examine some key issues that can help determine if your specific medical practice is at the point where a captive may create […]

Is my DEFINED BENEFIT PLAN safe if my employer goes out of business? – Asset Protection

CEO & EXECUTIVE LIABILITY

If your employer goes out of business, any retirement plan your employer sponsored will be terminated. If the plan is a 401(k) or other defined contribution plan, your benefits are held in trust, apart from your employer’s assets, and you’ll generally be entitled to receive your full account balance in a lump sum. (You can […]

Doctors Pleading To Misdemeanors for Heath Care Fraud – Fight or Settle?

law and money for doctors

We are in the golden age of health care fraud prosecution as means of revenue and income protection by both the government and insurance companies. Doctors are increasingly  in a position where they need to make a decision to fight or settle, regardless of the veracity of the claim or the actual intent involved. This article sheds […]