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Nurse sentenced after accused of infecting patients with Hep C

The case began in 2014 when local health department began an investigation after a number of Hepatitis C diagnoses. The investigation led to seven patients, all of whom received treatment from a nurse while receiving emergency medical care. During the investigation, officials found the patients had contracted not just the same genotype of Hepatitis-C 2B, but also the same sub-genotype.

Doctors & employment contracts: Two perspectives

Physicians, like anyone else in the job market, are generally required to sign a proposed job contract before accepting an offer for employment. This piece will delve into the two sides of the contract. First, it will discuss the provisions the physician should carefully review and second it will touch on the regulations the medical facility must navigate when drafting the agreement.

Three ways nurses can avoid getting sick this flu season

Few people are as exposed to germs during the course of a workday then nurses. Nurses are in an illness battleground, fighting to take care of those who need them most while trying to maintain their own health.

The following steps can help to better ensure nurses win this battle:

Will regulations inhibit diagnostic lab growth in 2020?

Diagnostic and clinical labs may experience a surge in growth in coming years. A market research company recently released findings after analyzing the industry and found key factors that it believes predict an upcoming surge.

Accused of health care fraud? Cross examination is a powerful defense tool.

Those who face allegations of health care fraud can find themselves fighting an uphill battle. The government can gather evidence and witnesses to testify against you, but defensive strategies are available to help you defend your professional reputation. One strategy to use during a health care fraud trial: cross examination.

A recent case provides an example. In this case, the United States government accused a rheumatologist of health care fraud. As part of their case, the government called former employees of the rheumatologist to testify. One of their key witnesses, a rheumatologist who worked for the owner, made the following accusations:

HIPAA and social media: Lessons from $10,000 settlement

A small dental practice recently agreed to a $10,000 settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for an alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violation. The case provides a lesson for all small private practices on the importance of navigating social media carefully.

MBA student faces 20 years imprisonment for health care fraud

The United States Department of Justice recently announced criminal charges against an MBA student in connection to a health care fraud scheme. The health care fraud scheme involves allegations a health care technology company falsely inflated data and overbilled clients for advertisements. The government claims these practices resulted in over $1 billion in fraudulent gains.

Pharmacies: 3 lessons from Walgreens' evolution in 2019

The giant, nationwide pharmacy Walgreens went through many changes in 2019. The year began with a new partnership with Microsoft to help better ensure the pharmacy was up to date on technological innovations for health care delivery as well as retail innovations. The company also made additional investments in digital health throughout the year.

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