Government regulations constantly push physicians to balance patient interest and privacy concerns. A failure to navigate this balance can result in allegations of privacy violations. These violations can come with a steep penalty. Fortunately for medical professionals, that penalty will soon change.
The federal government has cracked down on prescription violations. Agencies have investigated and mounted successful prosecutions against physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals who were allegedly in violation of laws that guide prescription practices.
A doctor in Texas took issue with the Texas Medical Board’s (TMB) decision to revoke his license to practice medicine. He sued the board and could potential see reinstatement in the near future.
The Texas Medical Board (TMB) has reportedly extended an investigation well past the usual 180-day limit. A forensic anthropologist serving on a contract basis at a local Medical Examiner's Office was one of many individuals who came forward with complaints about the facility's techniques.
The medical profession's first concern should be the welfare of the patient. Most physicians, nurses and other medical professionals go into this field because they share a similar belief. However, as is true in any profession, there are some who stray and find the lure of financial rewards too much to ignore.
Health insurance companies may request a copy of billing records to substantiate claims for payment. If not provided in a timely manner, the company could report physicians who fail to comply to the state medical licensing board. Unfortunately, additional problems can arise if the requested records are provided but put together poorly.
The Texas Medical Board is scheduled to again meet here in Austin at the end of next month. The board will again discuss its budget and policies and then consider complaints filed against doctors, as it did in its most recent session.
Medical errors are responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths in the United States every year. A portion of these mistakes happen within the operating room. This statistic inspired a master’s student from Columbia University’s Data Science Institute to search for a resolution.
The Department of Justice continued its crack down on healthcare fraud in 2018. This year included the $1 billion “Takedown Day.” On this day, police officers arrested and charged over 600 individuals for involvement in a $2 billion healthcare scheme. This is just one example of the government’s efforts to thwart healthcare fraud. Additional examples from throughout the year include:
It would seem advantageous for medical professionals to discuss concerns about the quality of care provided to patients. One would hope hospital executives would appreciate updates from physicians about concerns.