It would seem advantageous for medical professionals to discuss concerns about the quality of care provided to patients. One would hope hospital executives would appreciate updates from physicians about concerns.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released the indictment for four men and seven companies the agency has accused of involvement in a billion-dollar health care fraud scheme. The accusations include conspiracy to commit health care fraud, mail fraud and introduction of misbranded drugs into interstate commerce and result in 32 criminal charges.
The government has come down hard on yet another physician accused of playing a role in the nation’s opioid crisis. Seven individuals died from overdose, allegedly from medications prescribed by the accused physician. The government states the distribution of these controlled substances was outside the usual course of professional practice. The prosecution further argued that there was not a legitimate medical purpose for the prescriptions.
It takes a variety of support staff to keep a nursing facility running. One key element: nurses. Nurses provide medical care and compassion to residents at these facilities. Without a strong nursing staff, nursing homes are not successful.
A sheriff’s department in Texas has charged two office administrators at medical clinics with healthcare fraud. The state has accused the women of conspiring with a doctor at the clinic to file fraudulent claims with the Office of Worker’s Compensation.
Allegations of wrongdoing can haunt the accused for the rest of his or her life. This is particularly true when the allegations involve government allegations of breaking the law. Is it possible to overcome these allegations and move on to live a successful and fulfilling life? In short, the answer is yes, but the road to success is a difficult one. A recent political battle provides an example.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to crackdown on allegations of healthcare fraud. The agency’s most recent examples a psychologist and his wife who ran a psychological practice. The government has accused the couple of partaking in an elaborate billing scheme to defraud Medicaid.
Lawsuits can have a national impact. These two cases provide examples of lawsuits that could work their way up the system to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and change the application of health care law throughout the country.