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CEO of Texas physical therapy group found guilty of healthcare fraud

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas announced in a recent publication the conviction of a CEO of a physical therapy business. The office succeeded in the conviction of the CEO for conspiracy, health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Various government agencies worked together to gather evidence to support the charges against the CEO. This included agencies ranging from the United States Postal Service to the United States Department of Homeland Security and United States Department of Labor.

Texas patient sues local medical facility

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.

Study: TX OBs wrongly blamed for high maternal mortality rate

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.

Trump administration ramps up physician investigations

Managing pain is a difficult task. There are no bright line rules. Physicians must listen to their patients and use their training combined with their best professional judgment to come up with a plan. This plan may include the use of prescription narcotics like opioids.

Medicare officials say they wrongly paid for chiropractic care

As you know, aches and pains come with the territory as you age, but it does not mean your clients have to take it lying down. They have every right to continue living an active and passionate life as pain-free as possible, which often means regularly seeing their chiropractors. As you and many other Texans are aware, good chiropractic care can make the difference between suffering through chronic back and extremity pain and feeling on top of the world.

3 tips to improve dispensing accuracy at your pharmacy

If you operate a pharmacy, you want to do a great job of getting patients the medications they need. However, sometimes mistakes happen. When your staff gets busy or distracted, they may make errors. What may seem like a small mistake can have severe consequences. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, preventable dispensing errors can be deadly.

Causes of unintentional health care fraud

When it comes to health care fraud, ignorance of the law will not save you. You may think you are safe because you are an honest professional with a qualified billing department. However, errors can lead to investigations, and even if nothing turns up, it can hurt your practice's reputation and finances.

Questions to ask before buying a health care facility

If you are considering entering the health care industry as an owner, you are not alone. According to MB Financial Bank, there has been high activity in the merger and acquisition of health care businesses. Participation can lead not only to increased income for you but also to improvements in the industry, even at a small scale.

What you should know about Medicare overpayment appeals

If you receive a letter from the Health Integrity or Office of Inspector General in Texas regarding the overpayment of Medicare claims from your practice, you may wonder what you can do to avoid penalties. Even though you may feel embarrassed, confused or worried about the situation, it is important you make your specific circumstances top priority.

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