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Physicians: Take note of these health care fraud trends

Health care fraud is a broad term used to encompass different allegations of criminal activity. The types of allegations the government commonly prosecutes for health care fraud can vary year to year.

This piece will touch on recent trends and provide some examples to help illustrate the steep penalties that come with a conviction.

Texas nurses excel on nursing exams … but what’s next?

Texas nursing students are excelling when it comes time to take their exams and get their nursing license. The Texas Board of Nursing recently reported results on the National Council Licensure Examination taken in 2018. Two universities in the eastern portion of the state reported 100% passing rates while most others in the area were above 90%.

Entrepreneurs & the TX healthcare industry: Tips for success

Investing in the health care industry is generally a profitable endeavor. In fact, a report by CNBC states the health care industry is one of the top five profitable franchises within the country. Getting into this market can result in large financial rewards … if done wisely.

What happens when the Texas BON receives a complaint?

Perhaps a patient was unhappy with the care they received, a family member felt the medical community failed a loved one or a coworker was upset. Whatever the reason that may lead to a complaint, it is important for nurses to know that official complaints within the field are not uncommon.

Selling your private practice? 3 tips for a successful transition.

Putting together a private practice in the medical field is about more than just practicing medicine or starting a business. Those who put in the time and effort to establish a successful practice likely become a part of the community. As a result, when it comes time to retire or move on to other professional endeavors, private practice owners likely hope to set the facility up for a successful transition.

This goal can serve two purposes. First, it can better ensure the practice continues to serve the community. Second, it can give you better leverage to negotiate a good price for the sale of the practice.

Three lessons from recent rural Texas hospital closings

Over twenty rural Texas hospitals have closed in recent years. The most recent to join this growing number of closures is a hospital that operated in the state since 1949.

Why the large number of closures?

What can doctors learn from recent record setting med mal cases?

Six recent medical malpractice cases resulted in jury awards in the millions. These cases include injuries during the birthing experience, medical procedures and medication errors.

Birth injury: Traumatic birth leads to serious injuries

Texas hospital sued by Ohio bridal shop for negligence

The title may seem like a misprint, but it is accurate. A local Texas hospital is the subject of a lawsuit filed by a bridal shop out of Ohio. The highest court in Texas will review the case in November.

CMS investigates MD Anderson, finds “serious care deficiencies”

MD Anderson Cancer Center is known throughout the country for its cancer treatment. This facility often takes on some of the most difficult cancer cases in the country. The cancer center’s reputation recently took a hit after a government agency conducted multiple investigations and found “serious care deficiencies.”

Children, mental illness & insurance: A study on ED admissions

Does health insurance impact whether a child will get emergency medical care? According to researchers who recently finished a study into the matter, if the child has a mental disorder then the answer is a resounding yes. The researchers reviewed 9,081 acute mental health emergency department (ED) visits. Based on a review of this data, the researchers found children without insurance were much more likely to get transferred compared to children who were covered by a private insurance policy.

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