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September 2018 Archives

NY pharmacist gets 6-month prison sentence for healthcare fraud

The New York State Attorney General recently sentenced a pharmacist for his role in a healthcare fraud scheme. The government accused the medical professional of filing over 1.5 million in fraudulent payments with the New York State Medicaid program. 

Study finds doctor burnout leads to increased risk of error

Medical professionals work long hours, often in highly stressful environments. As such, it is no surprise that many doctors find themselves battling professional burnout. It is important to address any feeling of emotional exhaustion — according to a recent study this form of burnout can lead to double the risk of a patient safety incident.

NY surgeon accused of misreporting surgical outcomes

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently investigated a New York Veterans Affairs’ hospital. The agency’s investigation was prompted by allegations a surgeon employed at the hospital misreported surgical outcomes of cancer patients.

Will the OIG make changes to the anti-kickback statute?

The law is always evolving. This is true whether discussing tax law, family law or the laws that impact health care. The tax code, for example, was the subject of the largest overhaul in recent history with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017.

Over 200 in Westchester and Rockland lost Medicare privileges

Medical professionals often rely on payments from Medicare for services provided to patients. The United States Department of Health and Human Service’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administers this program and requires medical professionals meet certain criteria to receive payment. In some situations, the government can choose to exclude a professional’s ability to request payments.

DOJ accuses provider of failure to comply with investigation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has petitioned the court to force provision of oral testimony deemed "relevant to a false claims law investigation." The government has accused a group that sponsors Medicare Part C insurance plans of "knowingly disregarding its duty to ensure the validity of data it submitted to Medicare for purposes of calculating" payments.

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