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November 2019 Archives

New York Doctor sues hospital for denying admitting privileges

A local cardiologist has filed a lawsuit against a hospital, the hospital’s operator and another physician for denying his application to admit patients within the facility. The cardiologist claims the accused have jeopardized the health of his patients and tainted his reputation.

Spinal product company accused of kickbacks, settle in NY court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently accused a spinal company of using illegal kickbacks to grow their business. The DOJ accused the founder, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company as well as the vice president of business development of paying “millions of dollars of consulting fees, royalties, and intellectual property acquisition fees to surgeons” for the purpose of inducing the surgeons to use the company’s medical devices and equipment.   

5 facts about NY's "good moral character" requirement for nurses

New York State's Office of the Professions requires nursing candidates be of "good moral character" in order to have a nursing license in the state. In order to meet this requirement, the office requires those who wish to receive or a renew a license in the NY disclose the following:

NY man sentenced to 3 years, $10 mil for health care fraud

A New York man recently agreed to a plea deal with the government for allegations of health care fraud. According to his plea agreement, the accused requested blank prescriptions from a physician friend. The accused then put in the names of other patients and made copies of the prescriptions to help perpetrate a fraudulent scheme.

HHS proposes changes to Stark Law and AKS: 4 things to know

On October 9, 2019, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed some of the largest changes to the Stark Law, which guides physician self-referrals, and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) discussed in decades. The proposals are part of the government’s broader attempt to encourage coordinated care efforts.

Hospital investigates nurse after offensive social media posts

Most people in the country use social media in one form or another. One estimate finds almost two out of three Americans use these online platforms to connect with others. Facebook is the most popular, but sites like Instagram, Twitter and YouTube are also commonplace.

Medicare Fraud Strike Force arrests 5 New Yorkers

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force recently announced the arrest of five New Yorkers based on charges of health care fraud. The arrests were part of a larger coordinated health care fraud enforcement action that led to the arrest of 48 individuals throughout the Northeast in connection to a scheme involving over $800 million in false and fraudulent claims.

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