As noted in the previous post, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently arrested a NY doctor for criminal sale of prescription medications and homicide. The previous piece discussed the investigation and the criminal sale charges, this post will discuss the homicide charges and potential defenses for physicians that face similar charges.
The United States Drug and Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced the arrest of a New York physician. The agency has accused the physician, an internal medicine and nephrology specialist licensed to practice since 1981, of criminal sale of prescriptions for controlled substances and homicide.
The government recently convicted two brothers of conspiracy to bribe doctors and money laundering crimes. The prosecution stated the brothers used a lab designed to provide medical tests for physicians to commit a complicated scheme. The brothers would provide physicians with kickbacks in the form of cash in exchange for the physicians sending blood samples to their labs for testing. The brothers also admitted to providing fancy meals and private jet trips to the large majority of physicians that used their lab for services.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York has charged a New York physician with health care fraud and submission of false claims for health care matters. The physician provided care for patients who battled opioid addiction.
Radiologists compose approximately 3.6 percent of all physicians in the United States. Even though a relatively small portion of the medical field, radiologists are ranked sixth for medical malpractice lawsuits. Only obstetricians, internists, family physicians, general surgeons and orthopedists face a higher number of allegations of wrongdoing from patients.
A recent report from the New York State Health Foundation has confirmed a link between payment to doctors from pharmaceutical companies and an increase in the rate of opioid prescriptions. The research included a review of data from 2013 to 2015. During this time, the report states pharmaceutical companies provided over $3.5 million in payments to New York physicians.
The healthcare industry is a dynamic marketplace. Buyers are increasingly considering the purchase of physician groups and medical equipment companies. The buyer can take on many different forms. In some cases, the buyer may be a hospital system while in others a private practice or medical equipment business may find themselves negotiating with venture-capital groups. Medical equipment companies may find the prospect tempting as insurance companies continue to cut reimbursements. Physician groups may find the thought of focusing on patient care and leaving business affairs in the hands of others enticing. Whatever the motivation for the sale, medical equipment business owners and physician groups are wise to take proactive steps to better ensure a smooth transition.
Social media has permeated our professional and social lives. Some medical professionals are using this platform to their advantage. When used wisely, social media can help to build your professional reputation and expand your network. However, a misstep could lead to potential medical license issues or liability concerns.
A jury in New York recently found a doctor guilty for two oxycodone overdose deaths of former patients.
New York enforcement officers arrested five doctors in March based on allegations of kickback violations and the illegal acceptance of bribes. The doctors maintained their innocence and pled not guilty before a federal court in Manhattan.