Legal

Compounding in Dermatology – How to Navigate the Regulatory and Legal Landscape
by ABEL TORRES, MD, JD on
Compounding has been a cornerstone of the practice of dermatology since its inception. Often it is the best way to provide effective treatment for patients with skin disease. Nevertheless, current events have resulted in a regulatory climate that threatens the survival of this time-honored practice by dermatologists and consequently access to effective therapies by our patients. Medication comp …
Medico-Legal Issues in Dermatology
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by Abel Torres, M.D. JD, M.B.A. on
The study “Medical Liability in Dermatology: Trends in Liability Claims Against Dermatologists from 1991-2015” by Kornmehl and colleagues recently published in JAMA Dermatology confirms that most malpractice cases against dermatologists are “abandoned, withdrawn or dismissed”. It also showed that there has been a net reduction of 29.2% in paid claims for dermatologists. What is …
Meet Dr. Keaney – A Dermatologist’s Path to Opening a New Practice
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by Terrence Keaney, M.D., FAAD on
Part I: Building Your “Team” When a physician says he is going “solo”, it could not be further from the truth.  Starting a new dermatology practice is a team effort, even when only one provider leads the charge.  A successful practice has a team working effectively and efficiently to ensure the caregiver can provide quality care while growing a financially successful business.  Just li …
Financial Matters Part 1 – Repaying Loans
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by ANNA H. CHACON, MD on
A comprehensive understanding of the repayment process for paying back student loans is essential in building a solid financial foundation early on. It’s important to remember that student loans are real loans, just like mortgages on your house or a loan for your car. You must repay student loans even if financial circumstances become difficult or you’re facing unexpected hardships. Unfortunat …
Negotiation tips for Non-Compete Clauses
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by S. TYLER HOLLMIG, MD on
Many physician employment contracts contain non-compete clauses, also known as “restrictive covenants.” From a physician's perspective, the legal language of restrictive covenants and may be difficult to understand and are somewhat intimidating.  These clauses are fraught with significant long-term implications for our careers. While it is critical to consult with an attorney in reviewing you …