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Texas doctor investigated for fraud, faces probation

The federal government recently completed an investigation of a podiatrist and charged him with over 30 counts of healthcare fraud and identify theft. Generally, such allegations can lead to a five-year prison sentence. In this instance, the government is not recommending jail time. Instead, the government has recommended a sentence that includes probation and a fine.

TX doctor’s wife arrested for knowledge of fraud scheme

The United States government recently accused a wife of criminal activity based on her husband’s alleged crimes. The government states the woman had knowledge of and knowingly participated in his alleged crimes. If convicted, she could face hefty fines and up to ten years imprisonment.

TX Medical Board clarifies mandatory reporting requirements

The Texas Medical Board (the Board) recently released a publication designed to offer guidance on required reporting obligations from hospital staff and other medical professionals. The piece specifically focused on required reporting efforts by individual physicians as well as medical peer review committees.

Texas Doctors: Two tips to protect your online reputation

A doctor’s reputation is extremely valuable. Patients will take this reputation into consideration before deciding upon pursuing treatment. In this digital age, it is important to take proactive steps to help build your online reputation.

TX Medical Board disciplines eighty doctors

The Texas Medical Board disciplined eighty physicians in June. The group stated the violations included issues with quality of care, unprofessional conduct, nontherapeutic prescribing, inadequate medical records and impairment infractions. The violations resulted in various penalties including the revocation, suspension or voluntary surrender of the alleged offender’s medical license.

Texas surgeon indicted for alleged role in fraud scheme

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently accused a general surgeon out of Texas of partaking in a scheme to defraud government insurance agencies. According to the allegations, the physician is one of three doctors and 13 others allegedly responsible for over $39.7 million paid out in fraudulent claims.

TX woman accused of 2.5 million in home health care fraud

The Northern District of Texas’ Healthcare Fraud Strike Force has gathered evidence that led to the arrest of a Texas woman. The agency has accused the woman of healthcare fraud. If the government can support these accusations the woman could face a monetary fine of $250,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment.

TX Emergency Department doctor convicted for health care fraud

It sounds like a dream job. A job that involves the review of some paperwork, a signature and a pay check for $400 per week. This type of job could serve as a transition between full-time work and retirement. Unfortunately for one physician that took the job, instead of helping him ease into retirement it may ease him into jail.

Uterine cancer liability a concern for gynecologists

Gynecologists may underestimate the risk a patient has uterine cancer. That is the claim made by researchers with a recent study through Yale University. The claim is a serious one as the failure to diagnosis this disease prior to certain procedures can result in the spread of undetected uterine sarcomas.

Five face health care fraud charges for cosmetic procedures

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has accused five individuals of partaking in a multi-year scheme involving eight health insurance companies. Those charged in this case include a physician, office manager, insurance biller and former investigator for an anti-fraud unit within an insurance company. Each faces allegations of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and 13 counts of health care fraud.

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