By Cori Pope, The Health Law Firm
The July 25, 2012, issue of Medical Economics features an article written by George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm. The article, “Beware Legal Ramifications of Unnecessary Tests,” discusses lists that were recently released by nine medical specialty societies on medical tests and procedures patients and physicians should question or avoid.
What Patients and Doctors Need to Know about These Lists.
In the article Mr. Indest provides his insights into what these lists of questionable procedures may mean for patients and doctors.
Patients now have access to some of the same information as their doctors and can ask whether a test or procedure is warranted. This ability allows shared decision-making between patients and physicians and can result in less uncertainty by patients about the medical care they are receiving.
For doctors, health care clinics and hospitals, these lists could mean additional litigation for ordering “unnecessary” tests and procedures for their patients.
About the Author.
Mr. Indest is a well-known attorney specializing in the representation of health professionals and healthcare providers throughout Florida. He is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in the legal specialty of Health Law. His practice encompasses all aspects of health law, including malpractice defense, qui-tam or “whistle-blower” and false claims, defense of professional licensing cases, representation in investigations, defense in credentialing matters, Medicare and Medicaid audits, formation of corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs), Board of Medicine hearings, peer review actions, clinical privileges hearings, representation of medical students, and other matters of healthcare law and legal representation of healthcare professionals.
In 1999, Mr. Indest started The Health Law Firm, which has three Florida offices located in Altamonte Springs, Orlando, and Pensacola. A former Navy JAG Corps attorney, he has practiced law for more than 30 years.
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About the Author: George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law. He is the President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, which has a national practice. Its main office is in the Orlando, Florida, area. www.TheHealthLawFirm.com The Health Law Firm, 1101 Douglas Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, Phone: (407) 331-6620.