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September 2018 Archives

Prep for Hurricane Florence pays off: 2 lessons for TX hospitals

Hurricane Florence struck the Southeast coast just days ago. Local hospitals took proactive steps to prepare for the storm, and the efforts paid off. Just days after the storm hit hospitals were able to resume normal operations.

Texas doctor investigated for fraud, faces probation

The federal government recently completed an investigation of a podiatrist and charged him with over 30 counts of healthcare fraud and identify theft. Generally, such allegations can lead to a five-year prison sentence. In this instance, the government is not recommending jail time. Instead, the government has recommended a sentence that includes probation and a fine.

Changes to physician self-referral system on the horizon

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has stated that changes to the physician self-referral system are likely in the near future. The Trump administration is considering changes to the Stark law with a goal of encouraging coordinated care. An official with the Trump administration expects changes by the end of the year.

Two charged with health care fraud at mental health facility

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently charged two individuals who worked with a mental health company with health care fraud and tax evasion. The DOJ has accused the two of diverting millions from the mental health agency into business bank accounts. The government alleges the individuals used the funds in these bank accounts to cover various personal expenses.

TX doctor’s wife arrested for knowledge of fraud scheme

The United States government recently accused a wife of criminal activity based on her husband’s alleged crimes. The government states the woman had knowledge of and knowingly participated in his alleged crimes. If convicted, she could face hefty fines and up to ten years imprisonment.

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