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September 2017 Archives

Texas podiatrist enters plea agreement on health care fraud charge

It takes about four hours to drive north from Austin to Frisco, Texas. We are not sure how long it would take to walk those 220 miles, but we're pretty certain that you might need to visit a podiatrist after you arrive.

Elements to consider in a disaster response plan

With hurricanes Harvey and Irma recently wreaking havoc in Texas and the southern United States, the necessity of a disaster response plan for any business has become clear. Pharmacies, home health agencies and other medically based businesses have a few additional elements to consider when it comes to disaster response.

Causes of unintentional health care fraud

When it comes to health care fraud, ignorance of the law will not save you. You may think you are safe because you are an honest professional with a qualified billing department. However, errors can lead to investigations, and even if nothing turns up, it can hurt your practice's reputation and finances.

Texas Medical Board disciplines 38 doctors

Late last month, the Texas Medical Board met and disciplined 38 doctors. The disciplinary actions included nine orders involving allegations of unprofessional conduct, six involving quality of care violations, one revocation of a license, three restrictions of licenses, three orders related to peer review and more than a dozen others.

Questions to ask before buying a health care facility

If you are considering entering the health care industry as an owner, you are not alone. According to MB Financial Bank, there has been high activity in the merger and acquisition of health care businesses. Participation can lead not only to increased income for you but also to improvements in the industry, even at a small scale.

What you should know about Medicare overpayment appeals

If you receive a letter from the Health Integrity or Office of Inspector General in Texas regarding the overpayment of Medicare claims from your practice, you may wonder what you can do to avoid penalties. Even though you may feel embarrassed, confused or worried about the situation, it is important you make your specific circumstances top priority.

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact includes Texas, 25 other states

In just about four months, the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact will take effect here in Texas and 25 other states. The Compact enables nurses to practice in person and by teleconference across state lines if they meet the agreed upon licensure requirements.

A look at the Texas Medical Board and physician licensing

The powerful Texas Medical Board recently held its quarterly meeting here in Austin and has another scheduled to take place on October 19 and 20. Among the topics the board considers and discusses are complaints filed by members of the public against physicians licensed to practice in our state.

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