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October 2019 Archives

First major federal opioid case ends in settlement

The government has not held back on its promise to hold those it deems responsible for the opioid crisis accountable in court. This promise has held true in the first federal case, involving local government agencies holding opioid distributors and manufacturers financially accountable for the damage the government claims the drugs have caused within their community.

Government accuses doctor of reusing contaminated catheters

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently accused an internal medicine physician of reusing single use catheters. The government claims the physician would repackage the medical devices and reuse them during future procedures. These allegations are part of a larger set of criminal charges.

Want to run a successful diagnostic lab? These 2 tips can help.

Patients who seek services in the health care industry are starting to expect clarity from their providers. Whether seeking a dental cleaning, cancer screening or blood test, patients are more regularly asking about the service they will receive and the likely cost. Diagnostic and reference labs can make the most of this new trend in patient care with the following tips:

Report finds NY region ranks 3rd in nation for RN compensation

A new report by Medscape finds nurses in the Mid-Atlantic region ranked third for compensation rates in the country. The region includes New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Washington D.C. The report found the average RN income in this area in 2018 was $84,000.

NY ambulance company owners take plea deal in fraud case

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force (MFSF) recently concluded an investigation of a New York based ambulatory company. The MFSF is part of a joint initiative between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) tasked with deterring fraud and enforcing applicable laws.

Authorities investigate school nurse accused of stealing meds

The role of a school nurse is unique amongst the nursing profession. These nurses need to make critical decisions on their own, as an assisting physician is rarely on site. As a result, school nurses are often experienced professionals that excel in their field. They address illness, injuries, and assist students with chronic care needs, like those with allergies or mental health issues. In some cases, this requires the management of medications.

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