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August 2019 Archives

Will New York join the Nursing Licensure Compact?

New Jersey finalized an agreement to partner with 33 other states throughout the country in a multi-state nursing licensing compact in July of 2019. This compact allows nurses from other participating states to practice in New Jersey without receiving a New Jersey specific nursing license and vice versa.

Fired nurse fights back, saves license

A nurse is fighting back after hospital executives claim she attempted to help a patient with mental issues escape from the hospital. Based on this claim, the hospital fired the nurse. The nurse states the situation was exaggerated and used to justify her firing. In reality, she states the firing is a wrongful termination in retaliation for her attempts to fight for better nursing coverage within the hospital.

When are high physician salaries an AKS violation?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently accused a hospital of Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and Stark Law violations. The allegations are the result of claims the hospital paid physicians high salaries based on the “volume or value of the physicians’ referrals.”

Lessons from government investigation of UNC Hospital

Any number of events can trigger a government investigation of a medical facility. The government may receive an anonymous tip, billing practices may lead to a red flag or, as recently highlighted in a case involving the University of North Carolina's (UNC) Congenital Heart Program, negative publicity can snowball and fuel a closer look by government officials.

NY court sends podiatrist to prison for health care fraud

New York officials recently charged a local podiatrist with health care fraud. The government alleges the illegal actions occurred between January of 2013 through January of 2017. The prosecution accused the podiatrist of fraudulently charging Medicare and private insurance companies for skin grafts and other services.

Feds accuse NY doc of taking illegal kickbacks: 3 things to know

The federal government recently accused a New York doctor of partaking in a health care fraud scheme that spanned throughout the country. The alleged scheme involved prescriptions for a pain cream in exchange for illegal kickbacks from a pharmacy located in Oklahoma.

NY doctor’s office closes amidst allegations of Hep-C exposure

NY officials recently accused a NY physician’s private practice of a connection with a Hepatitis C outbreak in the area. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has confirmed it sent a notice to the practice, stating the agency is in the midst of investigating “several acute hep-C cases linked to the private practice.” The agency urged those who received treatment at the facility involving needles or sharp instruments to get tested for hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV. The agency sent letters to anyone who went to the facility between 2015 and 2019. Examples of procedures that warrant getting tested included blood glucose testing, injections and infusions.

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