A registered nurse has taken three different hospitals to court for False Claims Act violations. The woman is listed as a registered nurse in Texas dating back to 1990. She has also earned a law degree and served in high level management positions in various hospitals.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has accused a hospice facility executive of overdosing patients to hasten their death in an attempt to increase profits. The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas stated the exec faces a number of criminal charges including charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
The United States Attorney’s Office has accused a local physician of false cancer diagnosis of patients to “increase his income and fund his lavish lifestyle.” The agency has used this case as an example of its efforts to crackdown on cases of Medicare fraud and “pursue criminals masquerading as legitimate physicians, weed them out and seek the harshest possible punishment.”
Physicians, nurses and other medical professionals are not the only ones that can face allegations of wrongdoing from a patient. In some cases, the patient may extend his or her case to include the medical facility. A medical facility out of Texas is currently in the midst of such a case.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently suspended the license of a pharmaceutical company amidst allegations of suspicious orders for controlled substances. The DEA stated that the suspension was due to a determination that continued operation of the business would “constitute a substantial likelihood of imminent danger to public health and safety.”
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has named a former Texas health care company owner as one of its “most wanted.” The agency indicted the business owner on various criminal charges related to health care fraud, including conspiracy to pay kickbacks and money laundering.
The journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology released a study in 2016 that found the maternal mortality rate in Texas "mysteriously skyrocketed between 2010 and 2012." The researchers stated that the number of pregnancy related deaths doubled in this two-year time span. The publication led to concerns about the healthcare system in Texas and the type of care provided by obstetricians in the state.
The Texas Medical Board (TMB) recently suspended the medical license of a family and occupational doctor. The TMB moved forward with the suspension based on allegations of improper prescriptions of drugs and sexual assault of two patients. The TMB stated at this time, the physician's suspension is listed as "temporary."