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Speaker fees or bribery? NY doctor fights criminal charges.

Physicians may accept speaker fees for certain engagements. In some cases, the speaker fees may result from leading a course for others within the medical community. In others, the compensation may result from a talk given to share information about a new technique that may be useful for treating patients. Although it is often legal to accept such fees in certain situations, there are cases where acceptance is illegal.

New York ophthalmologist faces health care fraud charges

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced criminal charges against a New York ophthalmologist. In this case, the prosecution claims a physician fraudulently billed Medicare and private insurance companies for procedures that patients never received. According to the indictment, the ophthalmologist allegedly made these fraudulent charges from 2010 through 2017.

Medical practices take note: 3 tips to avoid billing disputes

Hospital billing disputes can have a negative impact on a private practice’s ability to care for their patients. Private practices can reduce the risk of these disputes by putting into place proactive measures. Hospitals and private practices throughout the country have found the following tips have helped to better ensure smooth payment:  

New York prosecutors accuse physician of selling prescriptions

New York officials have accused a Long Island doctor of selling prescriptions for opioids like Oxycodone and methadone. According to the allegations, the physician allegedly sold two million prescriptions over a five-year period at various locations throughout Nassau County.

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.   

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.

2 options for those looking to sell or grow a private practice

The health care industry is known for its financial stability. As this industry continues to show growth, buyers are emerging from interesting, and sometimes unexpected, backgrounds. Two recent examples include:

Medical Board suspends license of doctor for gun ownership

The issue arose on August 12. At that time, a man called the police and claimed a man at a bar had showed him a gun and made threats of violence. The police arrived and spoke with the man in question. The man, a New York plastic surgeon who works in Massachusetts, admitted to having a gun when questioned. The police then arrested the physician. This arrest led to the search of his vehicle.

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