The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has stated that changes to the physician self-referral system are likely in the near future. The Trump administration is considering changes to the Stark law with a goal of encouraging coordinated care. An official with the Trump administration expects changes by the end of the year.
It is not uncommon for physicians to receive compensation from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. In many cases such compensation is legal. However, a misstep can lead to allegations of wrongdoing potentially including the illegal use of kickbacks to support the use of a medical device.
In some situations, physicians are allowed to offer the use of a chaperone for a patient during a physical exam. Generally, physicians will offer the use of these third parties in an effort to provide a patient with additional comfort. A patient may agree to a chaperone in an effort to maintain their dignity.
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: