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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United States Attorney’s Office has accused a local physician of false cancer diagnosis of patients to “increase his income and fund his lavish lifestyle.” The agency has used this case as an example of its efforts to crackdown on cases of Medicare fraud and “pursue criminals masquerading as legitimate physicians, weed them out and seek the harshest possible punishment.”
The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has suspended the medical license of a pediatrician due to allegations of possession of child pornography. The allegations resulted in the immediate termination of the physician’s position at a local hospital.
The Texas Medical Board recently suspended the medical license of a pediatrician out of Rockwall, Texas. There are no prior disciplinary issues on record for the 62 year-old physician. He had practiced for 14 years in Texas prior to the suspension.