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NY doctor accused of importing drugs, faces $1M fine

The United States Attorney’s Office recently accused a New York doctor of importing illegal drugs. The doctor, a faculty member and clinical instructor at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, specialized in treating patients who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. Officers state he imported heroin and cocaine to his private residence. They have not yet stated the believed purpose of these illegal substances.

How a DWI impacts your nursing license

There are many ways nurses can lose their licenses, and not all of them relate to actions on the job. The way nurses conduct themselves outside work is just as important. With New Year's Eve quickly approaching, police will arrest numerous people that night for driving under the influence of alcohol. Nurses arrested and convicted for this risk losing their licenses. 

New law means physicians should review arrangements with labs

It is not uncommon for physicians and physician groups to have arrangements with clinical laboratories. These arrangements may take the form of a small business investment or management arrangement and include financial incentives to use certain labs to provide quality care for patients. In the past, these arrangements were generally not scrutinized by the federal government if they did not result in payment from Medicare or other government providers.

Nursing home mergers, sales and acquisitions

After months of chaotic shifts in activity, the senior housing merger and acquisition market's new trends can benefit those who understand the need for innovation and flexibility. Buyers who want to acquire senior care facilities may view change as a frustrating upheaval. Others see a profitable opportunity to develop their care centers to attract the coming boomer wave.

NY doctor accused of incompetence leading to death of patients

New York’s Health Department has accused the former president of an oncology group in the state with gross negligence and incompetence. According to the agency, these failures injured many patients and ultimately led to the death of six patients.

Tips for avoiding a nursing license revocation

As someone who has spent countless hours in pursuit of your nursing license, you likely recognize the importance of keeping that license in good standing. Losing your nursing license can mean you lose your entire livelihood, and it can also restrict the types of jobs you can pursue, as well as the salary you can expect as you attempt to move forward in your professional career.

Nurses' rights when going before the Board of Nursing

When a complaint comes up against a nurse, that nurse will have to go through a board hearing to determine whether the healthcare practitioner can retain his or her license. This hearing is the nurse's opportunity to present his or her side, and the board will reach a resolution as to how to proceed, which can include the individual losing the ability to practice nursing.

Healthcare fraud: What causes the government to file charges?

Healthcare fraud occurs when the government makes an accusation that someone filed false healthcare claims for financial gain. The government can accuse medical professionals throughout the healthcare field of a violation. Examples include:

Trump shakes up healthcare: Considers relaxing kickback rules

President Donald Trump may change the rules regarding kickbacks in the medical field. His administration called for public comment on the matter in August. The agency took in public comments about the issue through October 26, 2018. The comments include many calls for changing the current Anti-Kickback Statute.

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