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.”
The coronavirus pandemic has impacted hospitals and private practices in many ways. Leaders in these organizations need to change how they operate their practices to better ensure patients receive the care they need while also reducing the risk of exposure to the virus for patients and medical care providers.
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.
Having a few too drinks many can lead to some bad choices. If these bad choices catch the eye of the police, this moment to unwind after a long day can also translate to an arrest for public intoxication.
The United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced expansion to its accelerated and advanced payment program. The agency states the changes are intended to help providers who receive payment from Medicare to get the funds they need while battling the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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.
It is not uncommon for physicians to take a business interest in a health care facility. Such business relationships must be entered into carefully or the physician could face allegations of illegal kickbacks and other criminal violations. A recent case provides an example.
Data shows approximately half of all physicians will face a medical malpractice lawsuit at some point during their professional career. Top causes for a lawsuit include a failure to diagnose an illness or a poor outcome after a medical procedure.
Two physicians and an operating room technician filed a whistleblower lawsuit against a group of neurosurgeons and the medical facility where they operated. The whistleblowers accused the medical professionals of falsely inflating the number of spinal surgeries in an effort to increase their earnings and patient referrals. The hospital countered that the practices used were standard throughout the profession. If the whistleblower can support the claim, the allegations result in a violation of the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS).
Private practices in Texas must navigate federal, state and local health care regulations. They must stay current and make sure their businesses are in line with any changes to the law. As a result, private practices throughout the state are likely reviewing their billing practices to make sure they are in line with a newly passed law designed by lawmakers to limit surprise billing.