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December 2017 Archives

Four face prison for health care fraud, Anti-Kickback violations

It is about a 10-hour drive from the densely packed, bustling streets of New York City to the wide open, quiet cornfields and farms of Indiana. The pace of life and the cultures of the two places are worlds apart, but we are also linked by factors common to us both.

Are you a nurse facing disciplinary action in New York?

The nursing profession has many risks for practitioners, and in order to keep your license, you must follow the New York State nursing license requirements. If the licensing board believes you have violated the regulations, it may compel you to appear for a disciplinary hearing.

Health care's bounty system

In the Old West, bounty hunters wore cowboy hats and spurs. They would pursue fugitives across plains, through valleys and over mountains in search of a payday. Today, bounty hunters wear business attire and might work for the federal government, suppliers of durable medical equipment, home health care companies or other providers.

3 tips for reacting to the threat of losing your nursing license

When you receive a notice from the Office of Professional Discipline at the New York State Education Department about your nursing license, you may feel confusion, anger and stress. You likely feel furious that a patient or someone else reported you to the nursing board instead of resolving issues with you first.

Health care fraud alleged against 4 New York City doctors, others

New York's WNBC recently reported on an alleged health care scam that has cost taxpayers more than $100 million. “This massive scheme, which provided no patient care at all, wasted millions of taxpayer dollars dedicated to Medicaid and Medicare," said Brooklyn's acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

Report: Steps needed to better fight health care fraud

It's understood that the federal government is an enormous labyrinth that stretches into every corner of the nation. There are about two million federal employees (not counting members of the armed forces), so it is impossible for any one person or agency to watch over it all.

Clinical labs are increasingly under the regulators' microscope

Where would today's medical profession be without clinical labs? So much of proper diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness are dependent on the tests conducted on blood, urine and saliva in those labs in New York and elsewhere.

How well-run is your medical office?

Every day, thousands of patients visit nurses and doctors in offices. The patients hope to solve a wide variety of ailments ranging from simple to serious. However, it can be how well-run a doctor's office is that governs the patient experience rather than the quality and educational background of the medical personnel. 

Stakes couldn't be higher in health care fraud sentencing

Last month, New York City media outlets reported that the months-long bribery trial of Sen. Robert Menendez and co-defendant Dr. Salomon Melgen had ended in mistrial. Earlier this year, Melgen had been convicted of Medicare fraud, but sentencing in that case was postponed until the bribery trial was concluded.

What are the penalties for violating the Stark Law?

The Stark law was named for its co-sponsor, Congressman Pete Stark, but it may as well have been named for its stark treatment of physicians who violate its regulations. The Stark law is considered a strict liability law—that means that anyone who violates it can be penalized, even if they had no intention of committing a violation. Ignorance of the law isn't an excuse, either. A physician who had no knowledge of committing an infraction may still face the penalties.

Selling your home services? Follow these tips

Anyone who runs a home health agency knows how all-consuming it can be: You care deeply about your patients, you have hired the best employees out there and you put in the effort to make your care extra personal. Now, after countless hours of hard work, you are ready to sell its services.

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