The False Claims Act is a federal law that allows the government or private individuals to file a claim against those who allegedly make false claims for payment against the United States. It is common for an individual to file suit and the government to join in at a later date. These cases can include physicians and health care providers that charge Medicare or Medicaid for services provided to patients.
It is not uncommon for physicians to receive compensation from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. In many cases such compensation is legal. However, a misstep can lead to allegations of wrongdoing potentially including the illegal use of kickbacks to support the use of a medical device.
In some situations, physicians are allowed to offer the use of a chaperone for a patient during a physical exam. Generally, physicians will offer the use of these third parties in an effort to provide a patient with additional comfort. A patient may agree to a chaperone in an effort to maintain their dignity.
The Texas Medical Board (the Board) recently released a publication designed to offer guidance on required reporting obligations from hospital staff and other medical professionals. The piece specifically focused on required reporting efforts by individual physicians as well as medical peer review committees.
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has ramped up investigations of allegations of illegal medical kickbacks to physicians and health care businesses in the Dallas area. Since May, the agency has raided at least four separate, local health care businesses.
A doctor's reputation is extremely valuable. Patients will take this reputation into consideration before deciding upon pursuing treatment. In this digital age, it is important to take proactive steps to help build your online reputation.
The Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it will extend a statewide, temporary moratorium on enrollment of new non-emergency ambulance providers and home health agencies in Texas. The agency intends the freeze to cut down on the risk of fraud, waste and abuse within the system.