Multidisciplinary Practice in Pennsylvania

The Martin Law Firm is a nationally recognized healthcare law firm located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Martin Law Firm healthcare attorneys represent physicians, physician groups, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and other healthcare providers and associations.

Physicians, chiropractors, podiatrists, physical therapists and other healthcare providers face a constantly evolving and highly regulated industry.  Additional regulations and changes within the healthcare industry often compel the provider to expand his or her practice.  For individual and small groups, licensed providers often see the value in a multidisciplinary practice.  A multidisciplinary practice is an entity that combines two or more types of providers that offer multiple healthcare services, e.g., MD/DC practice.

Many providers in Pennsylvania are realizing the benefits of multidisciplinary practices. A multidisciplinary practice offers patients comprehensive medical care. Patients with various health problems may be able to receive chiropractic care and medical care at the same location, which facilitates a holistic approach to care and convenience.

Setting up a multidisciplinary practice is not difficult, but there are numerous statutes and regulations that must be satisfied. In Pennsylvania, any licensed healthcare provider is subject to statutes and regulations specific to the provider. For example, doctors of chiropractic are governed by the Pennsylvania Chiropractic Practice Act and regulations promulgated and enforced by the State Board of Chiropractic. Medical doctors are governed by the Pennsylvania Medical Practice Act and regulations promulgated by the State Board of Medicine. These laws and regulations may prohibit or restrict licensed professionals to own or be employed by a multidisciplinary practice.

In addition, federal and state fee splitting laws, self-referral laws, and anti-kickback laws must be considered. Compensation to the various licensed healthcare providers must be carefully tailored to comply with these laws. General corporate statutes, contract law, and accounting principals must also be reviewed to determine an appropriate business arrangement. Finally, as with any healthcare provider or entity, each of the licensed providers must fully understand billing, coding and documentation requirements with regard to the services that he or she will provide to the multidisciplinary practice.

Failure to comply with one or many of the applicable laws and regulations could result in sanctions, loss of professional license, civil penalties, injunctions preventing continued operations and a myriad of other problems.

The Martin Law Firm can handle your multidisciplinary practice needs including analyzing and developing the proper corporate structure, forming the proper business entity, reviewing and drafting ownership and employment agreements, setting compensation arrangements, and implementing a compliance program for the practice.

 

Contact an Experienced Healthcare Attorney in PA

To speak with an experienced healthcare attorney with regard to a multidisciplinary practice, please contact The Martin Law Firm today at 215-646-3980. Attorney Martin offers a free initial consultation.