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.

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

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

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 […]