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Physician Leadership Matters: The Importance of Understanding the Regulatory and Legal Aspects of Healthcare


Physicians often are uneasy when faced with the legal and regulatory demands prevalent in today's healthcare landscape, as the extensive legal and regulatory knowledge required is typically absent from their medical education. However, physicians should have a working understanding of healthcare regulations and employment laws, as these regulations and laws can significantly impact their medical practice life, potentially leading to the loss of their medical license, harm to their reputation, and civil or criminal penalties.

This book provides a comprehensive and thorough analysis of healthcare and employment laws, including HIPAA vulnerabilities, legal pitfalls, complexities of peer review, the importance of professional regulatory compliance, and the potential complications of NPDB review.

It equips physicians with the proactive approach needed to navigate the heavily regulated and legally complex medical world. By understanding these concepts and gaining knowledge, physicians can confidently handle the evolving environment of federal regulatory policies and employment laws, which significantly impact their medical practice. Real-life examples are included to reinforce the content and solidify the understanding that all physicians need.

Every practicing physician will gain a profound comprehension of how these crucial areas overlap and acquire insights to empower them in making better decisions.

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Timothy E. Paterick, MD, JD, MBA, and Master’s in Physician Leadership and Management, is a cardiologist with a passion for preventive health measures, sports medicine, the law, and teaching residents and fellows. A practicing cardiologist, Paterick has written more than 100 peer-reviewed articles in medical literature and is a sought-after speaker on medical and legal issues. He is the author of Invest in Yourself: A Cardiologist’s Narrative for Heart Health, Health through Hope: Look in People’s Eyes, Physician: Time to Invest in Yourself—Work-Life Balance, the Needs of the Patient, and Medical-Legal Risk Management, and Physicians and the Law: The Intersection of Medicine, Business, and Medical Malpractice.

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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