A group of researchers, led by experts with Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, found three major disease categories are responsible for the majority of diagnostic errors. The group hopes that education about these categories will reduce the rate of diagnostic errors.
The Texas Medical Board's (TMB) disciplinary panel announced the temporary restriction of a Houston physician. The group accused the physician of administering opioids at a high volume. The TMB further chastised the physician, stating he not registered as a pain management clinic as required due to the nature of his practice.
The Texas Medical Board recently took away a local oncologist's medical license. Two former patients accused the physician of "improper behavior." As a result, the board severely restricted his ability to practice medicine.
As someone who owns or operates a health care business, you may know all too well that medical billing and coding can prove time-consuming and complex. You can land in serious trouble, however, if Medicare, Medicaid or an insurance company alleges that you were fraudulently overcharging in a practice commonly called "upcoding."
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has stated that changes to the physician self-referral system are likely in the near future. The Trump administration is considering changes to the Stark law with a goal of encouraging coordinated care. An official with the Trump administration expects changes by the end of the year.
In some situations, physicians are allowed to offer the use of a chaperone for a patient during a physical exam. Generally, physicians will offer the use of these third parties in an effort to provide a patient with additional comfort. A patient may agree to a chaperone in an effort to maintain their dignity.
Doctors enter the medical profession for a number of reasons, but one of the foundational motivators is a desire to help others. In most cases, physicians are able to assist their patients with various medical ailments. Unfortunately, there are some situations when an honest mistake can result in an injury to a patient or a patient may misunderstand and blame a physician for his or her continued illness. This can lead to allegations of medical malpractice.
We live in a time where social media is a part of our daily lives. The saying "you live in a fishbowl" has never been more accurate than it is today. At any moment, a neighbor, bystander, client or patient could take out a smartphone and begin live streaming or recording our actions.
As a medical professional, a time may come when you receive a Medicare overpayment, which is a payment you receive that exceeds the amounts allowed under current Medicare rules and regulations. Once you receive a Medicare overpayment, it becomes your responsibility to return the excess amount to the federal government, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services track those who receive overpayments to ensure they repay their debts.
As a physician licensed and practicing in Texas, you run the risk of having a complaint filed against you at any time. Allegations of misconduct can come from a number of different sources, and while some have merit, there may also be unwarranted ones reported to the Texas Medical Board.