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September 2017 Archives

What can trigger an investigation of a New York doctor?

Doctors' lives are filled with a variety of stresses. Though they often counsel patients to minimize stress in their lives, physicians are themselves often caught between competing pressures to meet the needs of patients, their own families, business interests and regulators.

An overview of NYSED nursing standards

As nurses and students aspiring to be nurses in New York know, it takes a real commitment to the profession and devotion to patients to become licensed as an RN or LPN. Even more, the New York State Education Department says, you must meet education requirements, be at least 18 years old, meet examination requirements and "demonstrate that you are currently of good moral character in order to be licensed or registered as an RN or LPN."

Understanding the three criteria for physician licensure

There is a reason why physicians are some of the most revered professionals in society. To become a doctor requires skill, dedication and extensive education. All of this work eventually qualifies a physician to become licensed, but sometimes qualifications are called into question or even denied. In such circumstances, acquiring legal representation is wise for some patients. These rare cases demonstrate the importance for the general public to understand the criteria for licensure.

New York doctors, therapists, others charged with health care fraud

State and federal agencies combined in an investigation involving two medical company owners, three physicians, three licensed physical and occupational therapists and a chiropractor. The New York Office of the Medicaid Inspector General teamed up with an assortment of law enforcement offices in uncovering $125 million in alleged Medicaid and Medicare fraud, the office stated.

New York doctor's medical license suspended pending hearing

If you drive north of New York City for a little more than an hour, you will arrive in White Plains. A doctor in the affluent suburb has had his offices there and in Mount Kisco shut down after his medical license was suspended.

Tips for a successful merger with another health care practice

Merging your health care practice with another one can lead to numerous benefits, the most notable being the monetary savings. Because both businesses are well established and successful, you may believe a merger will be simple and smooth and result in immediate advantages.

How to handle a letter from the Office of Professional Misconduct

For a doctor, receiving a letter about a complaint from the New York Office of Professional Misconduct (OPMC) can be a distressing situation. It indicates a patient was unhappy enough with the services provided that he or she filed a complaint. Furthermore, it indicates an investigation process is about to begin.

Study: Online doctors' ratings should be taken with grain of salt

It is virtually guaranteed that every doctor has at least once gone online to check out ratings assigned to them by members of the public. For many patients, these ratings provide valuable feedback about whether a physician is capable, friendly, extraordinary, etc.

Sentencing near in kickback and Medicaid fraud scheme

Just a few minutes west of New York City, a former medical imaging center owner is about to be sentenced for his role in a Medicaid fraud scheme. News media reports indicate that his sentencing was delayed for a few days after he was recently hospitalized.