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TX medical center agrees to pay $15M to settle with FHA

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a settlement agreement with a Texas medical center and surgeons. The settlement, for approximately $15 million, is the most recent in a series of claims the DOJ has pursued in recent months against medical professionals, highlighting the continued aggressive efforts even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cardiologist sues hospital officials for wrongful termination

The physician received his medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St Luke's Medical Center in Houston. Hospital officials hired the specialist in 2018 to fill a variety of cardiology needs within their facility. Some of the services he was trained to provide include transradial coronary interventions, peripheral arterial interventions, structural heart disease and critical cardiac care.

What should providers know about next wave of CARES Act relief?

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will begin accepting applications for Relief through this package October 5th. The agency has stated the goal is to help cover approximately 2% of patient revenue lost as a result of the pandemic.

HHS states my physician group chose the wrong code. Now what?

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has stated physician groups throughout the country are mistakenly choosing the wrong code when it comes to charging Medicare for services provided to stroke patients.

What happens when the feds accuse a doctor of criminal activity?

A federal investigation can result in criminal charges, but what does this mean? The implications of these charges can vary, depending on the details of the alleged crime. But, when the allegations involve a medical professional, the impact extends beyond dealing with the court system. The accused will also need to deal with their local medical licensing board.

TMB threatens TX doc with reprimand for COVID-19 claims

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) recently issued a statement calling out a local physician for allegedly making false claims about the potential benefits of certain treatments for COVID-19. The TMB reminded the doctor and those within the medical profession at large that it has the authority to reprimand medical professionals who provide “false, misleading, or deceptive” medical claims.

What is an “elective” medical procedure?

Governor Greg Abbott recently issued an executive order that requires medical professionals to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are “not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.”

3 things to know about TMB’s response to Executive Order GA-09

Governor Abbott recently issued Executive Order GA-09 in response to the current coronavirus pandemic. The order essentially requires all licensed health care professionals to postpone elective procedures in an effort to better ensure the availability of hospital facilities and protective equipment to assist those who fighting COVID-19.

TX court allows relief for malicious medical peer review

In addition to years of schooling and practical education, countless examinations and continued education courses throughout one's medical professional life, doctors must also keep their medical license active and in good standing in the state they practice. A failure to do so can end their career.

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