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.
The Texas Medical Board (TMB) recently suspended the medical license of a family and occupational doctor. The TMB moved forward with the suspension based on allegations of improper prescriptions of drugs and sexual assault of two patients. The TMB stated at this time, the physician's suspension is listed as "temporary."
Managing pain is a difficult task. There are no bright line rules. Physicians must listen to their patients and use their training combined with their best professional judgment to come up with a plan. This plan may include the use of prescription narcotics like opioids.
Another doctor has been convicted for playing a part in a multi-million-dollar Medicare fraud scheme. The guilty verdict shows that even being "extremely naïve" is not a valid defense to Medicaid fraud charges.
Coding and billing fraud are once again major targets for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice.
Doctors may encounter licensing issues at any time during their careers, and they are stressful whenever they arise. Issues may include allegations involving: