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Noncompete agreements and physicians: Are they on the rise?

The number of doctors starting up private practices is on the decline. Instead of working on their own, physicians are taking jobs with hospitals. Executives with the hospital often require these medical professionals to sign a noncompete agreement as part of their contract for employment. This has led to an increase in the number of physicians that are bound by noncompete agreements.

New York officials charge 5 doctors for drug crimes

New York officials recently released the indictment of five local physicians accused of drug crimes. The government stated the physicians were “drug dealers in white coats” who knowingly and intentionally sold addictive and dangerous medications, fueling the opioid epidemic.

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.

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.

Does HIPAA really protect patients’ privacy?

Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to help ensure the protection of patients’ medical records and personal health information. The rule sets boundaries on the use and release of medical records, established safeguards to help protect the information and holds those who violate these protections accountable for wrongdoing through the use of civil and criminal penalties.

Effort to combat opioid abuse: Johns Hopkins provides guidance

The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to crackdown on the illegal prescription of opioids. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made clear his focus on opioid-related health care fraud and the prosecution of healthcare professionals that allegedly contribute to the problem. Enforcement efforts have led to the arrest and prosecution of medical professionals throughout the country. Although some have misused their role as a medical practitioner to illegally prescribe opioids for their own financial benefit, many faced false accusations of wrongdoing.

DOJ announces another regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced another regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force to join the current forces in 10 cities throughout the country. Strike Forces are currently present in Brooklyn, Miami, Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Tampa, Chicago and Dallas.

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