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.
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.