Healthcare Legal Resources for California Doctors, Pharmacists and Healthcare Providers
Sometimes it seems that dealing with the business side of your medical practice is so overwhelming it cuts into the time you have to provide excellent patient care. If you’re a physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider in Los Angeles County, the Law Offices of Art Kalantar is here to help you with the legal issues related to your practice, so you can concentrate on practicing your profession as you were meant to.
Below are links to some resources that you may find helpful if you are looking for information about Medicare, Medi-Cal, medical licensing, Stark Law and other issues of practical importance to members of the medical profession. If you need assistance with medical license defense, healthcare entity formation or any other facet of California healthcare law, call the Law Offices of Art Kalantar at 310-773-0001 to speak with an experienced, leading California healthcare lawyer.
Medicare.gov is the official U.S. government site for Medicare. Individuals can sign up to enroll in Medicare here or change their plan, and they can also use the website to find doctors and other health professionals who accept Medicare patients. Physicians and health professionals can use the website to look up Accountable Care Organizations, download the Physician Compare database, and update their information provided on Physician Compare.
Health and Human Services – This link takes you to the HIPAA page at HHS, where you can find information on federal health information privacy law. Click on the HIPAA for Professionals square for information on the Privacy Rule, Security Rule, Enforcement Rule and others. Information on HIPAA can also be found on the Medi-Cal website.
Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Laws – This page from the HHS Office of Inspector General describes the five most important federal fraud and abuse laws that apply to physicians, including the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law and others.
CMS Stark Law Website – Visit this site to learn important facts about the physician self-referral law.
Affordable Care Act – Information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA or Obamacare, can be found here. Visit the Medi-Cal website for information on California’s implementation of the ACA.
Medi-Cal – Visit this California DHCS website for information related to Medicaid in California. You can access applicable provider manuals for your practice here, get billing tips, enroll as a provider, check on current Medi-Cal rates and more.
California State Board of Pharmacy – The Pharmacy Board licenses and regulates pharmacists and pharmacies throughout the state, and many of their services are available online through their website. Here you can apply for a personal or facility license or license renewal, or notify the Board of an address or name change. You can also find out about Continuing Education requirements needed to maintain your license, and even avail yourself of online CE courses to help meet your requirement.
The Medical Board of California is the licensing agency for physicians, surgeons and other allied health care professionals in California. In addition to licensing doctors, the Board investigates complaints and takes disciplinary action as needed. Licensees can renew and manage their licenses online and make sure their information is updated and accurate.
California Medical Association – The CMA represents solo and small practice physicians, medical groups and other members of the medical profession. Online resources include a vast healthcare law library with documents that are free to members and available for purchase to others.