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November 2019 Archives

The anatomy of a lawsuit: TX neurologist sues TMB

A Texas neurologist recently filed a lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board (TMB) due to its failure to remove a disciplinary filing against him from the federal National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). The physician argues this filing should be removed as he was exonerated. The TMB states removal is "beyond its authority."

HHS hits Texas agency with $1.6 million fine

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced it was fining a Texas agency $1.6 million. The HHS fined the agency due to allegations it violated the Health Insurance and Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). 

Texas Medical Board suspends 7 physicians in October

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has the power to decide who can and who cannot practice medicine in the state. The group regulates the practice of medicine by reviewing complaints and, in some cases, suspending the medical license of the accused. Unfortunately, such actions are not uncommon. The TMB suspended 31 physicians in 2018.

CMS investigations lead to increased scrutiny of 3 TX hospitals

The United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) investigates hospitals throughout the country to check for compliance. A poor investigation can result in serious ramifications, including the inability to receive funding through CMS.

TMB agrees to review OB based on a complaint from the 80s

The case began when a 32-year-old woman began to investigate her family tree. She knew her parents had used a donor for conception, as they had struggled with fertility issues. When her own son began to suffer from severe health problems she began to investigate her family history to see if there was a genetic explanation.

2 TX doctors face repercussions from DOJ and TMB for false claims

Physicians and other medical professionals that face allegations of wrongdoing can find themselves dealing with more than just a government investigation. In many cases, these allegations can result in action by the state licensing board.

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