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August 2017 Archives

Pediatric surgeon facing criminal charges, license suspension

About an hour south of New York City, a pediatric surgeon is facing some of the most serious accusations a doctor can encounter. The 71-year-old New Jersey surgeon is accused of improperly touching a teenage patient, according to news reports.

Physicians can pay a heavy price for billing errors

People who have received a medical bill and people who have sent out medical bills can both testify to the truth of a recent report that says most medical bills contain errors. In fact, the error rate might be as high as 80 percent, says a health care advocacy group. Reinforcing the claim is Kaiser Health's related research that shows that the cost to citizens and companies for medical-billing mistakes is a staggering $68 billion.

Fraudulent Medicare billing charges filed against cancer centers

21st Century Oncology has three locations in the state of New York: Utica, Mt. Kisco, and closest to New York City, a location in Yonkers. Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute says it has nearly 100 treatment locations in the Sunshine State.

License suspended, doctor ready to fight "fictitious" charges

It takes just about an hour to drive from New York City north to Valhalla. The city is home to historic New York Medical College. Founded more than a century and a half ago, the school has provided education and training for thousands of doctors.

New multi-state licensing compact encourages mobility for nurses

Mobility is a key element in maintaining job growth in America’s economy. When it comes to nursing, being able to travel to different locations using the same license is just as important. A number of state regulatory boards recognized this and created a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) so that nurses could provide their services across state lines while adhering to one set of rules and avoid redundancy among states.

Considerations in selling a health care business

If you own a home health care agency, hospice or other health care-related business, a time may come when you start to think about selling it. Maybe you have reached the stage of life where you are considering retirement, or maybe you have found that holding on to the practice has become more of a chore than a labor of love.

National Report Health Care Fraud Week is underway

If you are like most New York City residents, your 2017 calendar includes mentions of the Fourth Of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and maybe even Groundhog Day. It probably does not include notes marking National Report Health Care Fraud Week, however. Regardless, it takes place in the second week of August, which means it is well underway.

New York City's Narco Freedom case continues to unfold

No doubt many of our New York Health Care Law Blog recall the headlines generated nearly three years ago when Narco Freedom founder Alan Brand and his son were arrested back in 2004. The nonprofit clinical and housing organization and some who ran it were charged with defrauding Medicaid.

3 things to know about Medicare overpayment debts

New health care legislation is constantly being drafted, proposed and passed, so it is no surprise that most providers find it challenging to keep up. One of the most important changes in policy to take effect in recent years is the implementation of a rule obligating health care providers to repay any debts resulting from the overpayment of billed Medicare treatment or services.