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.
The government has come down hard on yet another physician accused of playing a role in the nation’s opioid crisis. Seven individuals died from overdose, allegedly from medications prescribed by the accused physician. The government states the distribution of these controlled substances was outside the usual course of professional practice. The prosecution further argued that there was not a legitimate medical purpose for the prescriptions.
The federal government recently completed an investigation of a podiatrist and charged him with over 30 counts of healthcare fraud and identify theft. Generally, such allegations can lead to a five-year prison sentence. In this instance, the government is not recommending jail time. Instead, the government has recommended a sentence that includes probation and a fine.
The United States government recently accused a wife of criminal activity based on her husband’s alleged crimes. The government states the woman had knowledge of and knowingly participated in his alleged crimes. If convicted, she could face hefty fines and up to ten years imprisonment.
The Texas Medical Board (the Board) recently released a publication designed to offer guidance on required reporting obligations from hospital staff and other medical professionals. The piece specifically focused on required reporting efforts by individual physicians as well as medical peer review committees.
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.