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The Law (In Plain English) for Doctors, Dentists and Other Health Professionals
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The Law (In Plain English) for Doctors, Dentists and Other Health Professionals

by Leonard DuBoff
 

ISBN-10: 1572486155

ISBN-13: 9781572486157

Pub. Date: 07/01/2008

Publisher: Sourcebooks

A MUST HAVE FOR TODAY'S MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL

Expert Advice for Meeting the Legal Issues Every Medical Professional Must Face

As a doctor, dentist, naturopath, or other health professional, every decision you make directly impacts your future success. Having an understandable answer to many of your business law questions can keep your practice

Overview

A MUST HAVE FOR TODAY'S MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL

Expert Advice for Meeting the Legal Issues Every Medical Professional Must Face

As a doctor, dentist, naturopath, or other health professional, every decision you make directly impacts your future success. Having an understandable answer to many of your business law questions can keep your practice moving forward.

The Law (In Plain English)® for Doctors, Dentists, and Other Health Professionals is your one-stop guide for making the right decision for you and your practice every time. It covers the topics that concern you the most and provides clear and accurate explanations of the laws affecting your practice. Understand all the essentials of starting and running your own successful practice, including:

  • What type of insurance you need to protect yourself and your practice
  • How to choose the best business structure for your practice
  • How to finance your practice
  • How to effectively advertise your practice
  • How to legally hire and fire employees and independent contractors
  • How to collect the money your patients owe you
  • How to find and keep your patients
  • How to keep your taxes and expenses low so you make more money

The Law (In Plain English) ® for Doctors, Dentists, and Other Health Professionals will get you started and drive you to the next level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572486157
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Law in Plain English Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction to the New Edition
Introduction to the Original Edition

Chapter 1: Organizing Your Business
Sole Proprietorships
Partnerships and Joint Ventures
Limited Partnerships
What You Do Not Want: Unintended Partners
Corporations
S Corporations
Limited Liability Companies
Limited Liability Partnerships
Minority Owners
Hybrids

Chapter 2: Business Organization Checklist
Naming Your Practice
Business Structure
Officers and Owners
Capitalization
Housekeeping
Employee Benefits
Tax Treatment

Chapter 3: Advertising
Government Regulation
Problem Areas
Other Issues

Chapter 4: People Who Work for You
Independent Contractors
Employees
Employment Contracts
Other Considerations in Hiring
Hazards in the Workplace
Discrimination
Harassment
Employee Handbooks
Zero Tolerance Policies
Family and Medical Leave Act
Termination of Employment

Chapter 5: Contracts
Types of Contracts
Understanding Contract Principles: Offer, Acceptance, and Consideration
Oral or Written Contracts?
When Written Contracts Are Required
Contracts with Businesses
Judging the Cost of Written Agreements
UCC Confirming Memorandum
Additional Terms
Summary of Essentials to Put in Writing

Chapter 6: Borrowing from Banks
The Loan Proposal
Is Your Practice Creditworthy?
Analyzing Your Practice's Potential
Options for Owners of New Practices
Short-Term or Long-Term Financing?
How Much Money Will You Need?
What Kind of Collateral Do Lenders Require?
The Loan Application
What Are the Lender's Rules and Limitations?
Details of the Agreement
The Importance of Communication When Problems Arise

Chapter 7: Collections
Point-of-Sale Payments
Cash
Credit Cards and Debit Cards
Personal Checks
Ways of Encouraging Payment
When the Payment Never Comes
Bankruptcy

Chapter 8: Renting Your Office
Premises
Cost
Term
Recording the Lease
Restrictions and Zoning
Remodeling
Utilities: Who Pays for What?
Insurance for the Building and Common Areas
Security, Hours, and Zoning
Written Document

Chapter 9: Insurance
The Basics of Insurance Law
Ascertaining Risk
Additional State Regulation
Expectations versus Reality
Overinsuring and Underinsuring
Unintentional Undervaluing
Property Covered
What and When to Insure
Keeping Insurance Costs Down
Common Insurable Risks

Chapter 10: Malpractice
Negligence in General
The Standard of Care
Breach of Duty
Informed Consent
Defenses
Vicarious Liability

Chapter 11: Licensing and Hospital Privileges
A Privilege, Not a Right
Licensing Requirements
Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of a License to Practice
Hospital Privileges

Chapter 12: Patient Records and Privacy
Health Care Records
Content Requirements
HIPAA
Length of Retention of Records
Special Confidentiality Statutes and Considerations
Necessity of Consent

Chapter 13: Bookkeeping and Accounting
Business Records and Accounting
Business Year
Cash and Accrual Bookkeeping Methods
Current and Capital Expenditures
Financial Statements
Intangible Business Characteristics
Sources of Information on Accounting

Chapter 14: Keeping Taxes Low
Income Spreading
Installments
Deferred Payments
Spreading Income Among Family Members
Tax Advantages and Disadvantages of Incorporation
S Corporations
LLC Tax Election
Taxes on Accumulated Earnings and Passive Investment Income
Qualifying for Business Deductions
Charitable Deductions
Grants, Prizes, and Awards
Health Insurance

Chapter 15: Retirement Plans
Defined Benefit Plans
Defined Contribution Plans
Profit-Sharing Plans
Salary Savings/Reduction Plans
Simplified Employee Pension Plans
Simple IRAs
Money-Purchase Plans
Employee Stock Ownership Plans
Hybrid Plans
Designing and Documenting a Plan
Employer-Sponsored Plans
Investments in a Qualified Plan

Chapter 16: Estate Planning
The Will
Intestate Succession
Spouse's Elective Share
Advantages of Having a Will
Advance Directives (Living Wills) and Other Estate Planning Documents
Estate Taxes
Distributing Property Outside the Will
Probate

Chapter 17: Finding a Lawyer and an Accountant
Finding a Lawyer
Finding an Accountant

Glossary
Index
About the Authors

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