The #MeToo and #BLM movements have brought increased attention to the inequalities that are present within our communities and workplaces. These movements are fueling discussions and provide an opportunity to consider change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the arrest of a Texas man accused of fraudulently obtaining over $1.6 million from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and using the loans for improper expenses. The prosecution states the entrepreneur used the funds not to help keep his business afloat during these uncertain times, but instead to purchase luxury vehicles and fund trips to a local strip club. If the government can provide enough evidence to substantiate these claims, the accused could face serious penalties.
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.