The United States Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a change to the appeals process. The changes will impact Medicare beneficiaries, providers and suppliers.
The Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) is part of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT). This new law will go into effect in October.
Running a business of any kind takes diligence to ensure it satisfies all relevant regulations, from classifying employees to paying taxes. When your business is in the healthcare industry, such as running a pharmacy, the laws you must follow are even more numerous, complicated and ever-changing. It is easy to find yourself facing an audit, or worse.
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.
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.
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.
If you are planning to open a home health care agency in the state of Texas, you will first have to meet the licensing requirements.
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.
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.
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.