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July 2017 Archives

Stark Law circumvention scheme could be costly

When you first heard of Stark Law, it is possible that you, like many others, assumed it referred to a single statute. Instead, it refers to a whole set of federal laws that regulate physician referrals for Medicare and Medicaid patients. As you likely know, Stark Law generally prohibits doctors from making self-referrals for designated health services (DHS) in which the physician has a financial interest.

3 common reasons nursing licenses are suspended or revoked

Nurses are an integral part of the health care system. Whether you are going in for an exam or seeking urgent medical care, a nurse will often be the first professional you are treated by. Because of the vital role they play, though, there are high standards maintained for licensing. There are many missteps that can land a nurse in trouble and result in a license that is suspended or even revoked.

3 benefits of investing in a home health care franchise

Are you looking for the next big thing but do not want to worry about the stress of completely starting from scratch? You might consider purchasing an existing health care franchise or business. One franchise that has grown at a great rate over the past few years is home health care. Home health care, sometimes called senior care, is something for you to consider due to the low investment costs, growing popularity and the fact it is an industry with a good purpose.

In home health care, miscommunications can result in readmission

The late actor Paul Newman had a number of iconic roles, but perhaps none more memorable than charming bad boy Cool Hand Luke. Perhaps no line summed up the character better than his taunting of authority when he said at the film's end, "What we've got here is a failure to communicate."

Who is liable for the licensure of health care agency staff?

Hospitals and other medical facilities have fluctuating staffing needs that make it difficult to rely solely on a roster of full- and part-time employees. Contracting with a staffing agency can help fill the gaps and ensure there are medical professionals available on call. According to the American Staffing Association, as much as 9 percent of all temporary work is available within the field of health care.

3 tips for new pharmacy owners

You might not have been born a leader, but you will need to adapt as a pharmacy owner. Not only do you have to effectively manage your employees, but you will also need to be a leader to your community. Running a pharmacy is a lot of responsibility, and it might feel like you have zero time to hone your management abilities.

Disagreements over medical treatments can sometimes escalate

If you go to your doctor and get a diagnosis that is for any reason difficult to accept, what is the first thing you do? For most, that first thing is to get a second opinion from another doctor. So it is understood that even the very best physicians often disagree with one another over diagnoses and other matters.

Feds arrest dozens of doctors charged with health care fraud

The New York Times reports that the Justice Department held a press conference today to announce the arrests of hundreds of people across the nation, including dozens of physicians. The 412 arrested are accused of collectively defrauding the federal government of $1.3 billion.