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Healthcare company accused of FCA violation with incentive stocks

Private equity firms continue to grow their presence within the healthcare industry. We have a number of posts discussing this trend, touching on how to navigate these transactions as well as potential benefits and risks. A recent case explores the risk, looking into allegations that one of the incentives for the private equity deal was a violation of federal law.

3 things to know about HHS' recent investment in diagnostic labs

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced it will invest $6.5 million into two commercial diagnostic labs. The agency has stated it expects the labs, one in Nashville, TN the other in Austin, TX, to use the funds to boost staffing and infrastructure with an ultimate goal of increasing their COVID-19 testing capacities.

What is the future of telehealth?

The telehealth market has thrived during the current coronavirus pandemic. This platform allows physicians to meet with patients while maintaining social distancing, a practice that can be beneficial to all involved. Health insurance companies often cover these visits, but the rate of pay is not always comparable to an in-person visit.

Rule gives CMS authority to act against affiliates of bad actors

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have a new rule that allows a more proactive approach to enforcement efforts. Lawmakers wrote the rule to provide another tool against health care fraud. According to the Federal Register, the Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process, has two main provisions.

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.

Avoid these common compliance problems for pharmacies

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.

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.

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