A 14-year-old patient at a New York psychiatric center suffered cardiac arrest due to a severe case of constipation and bowel obstruction. The center transferred the girl to a university hospital. She died within 24-hours of the transfer. The psychiatric center responsible for her care is facing criticism from the state for its role in the girl’s death.
A former orthopedic surgeon, is facing up to 32 years of prison and $500,000 in fines. The criminal complaint states the physician stole the identity of an orthopedic surgeon and used this identity to receive payment for the review of over $860,000 in Workers' Compensation cases.
The Department of Justice and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have made it clear that the government is cracking down on healthcare fraud. To help illustrate this point, the agencies conducted the largest healthcare fraud enforcement action in history.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently reported that the Medicaid fraud control units (MFCUs) secured 1157 fraud convictions. The MFCU investigates those accused of Medicaid fraud.
As a physician, you may feel pulled in many different directions by those you work with. You are dedicated to your responsibility to protect your patients and improve their lives, and you must also hold yourself to a high legal and ethical standard. At the same time, you may feel obligated by some pharmaceutical companies to recommend or prescribe their products to your patients. If you believe these products can help your patients or ease their suffering with minimal harm, you may have no objections. However, you and other Texas doctors might also face the possibility of being accused of promoting a drug or other medical product that has a questionable benefit to your patients or may even cause harm.
Due to a variety of circumstances, such as clerical errors, duplicate payments or processing mistakes, recipients of Medicare can receive too much money. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires recipients to return any excess funds within 60 days, or the organization will take further action.
Like physicians, pharmacists have a duty to serve patients to the best of their ability, see to their well-being and protect them from harm.
Many recent graduates struggle with paying off their student loans. According to Forbes, the average student in 2016 took on $37,172 in loan debt. Many students end up needing to pay over $300 a month to pay off the debt within a reasonable amount of time.
Medicare fraud is a serious issue facing the United States. This fraud ends up in billions of taxpayers' dollars wasted. Usually, the authorities find and arrest offenders.
After you decide to sell your health care business, you must, of course, have some idea of its value to attract buyers. However, five people could scrutinize your business and come up with five quite different estimates. In part, the estimate depends on the person's relationship to the business. For example, someone such as you who may have invested years and many emotions into the business might come up with a higher price than a more neutral third party would.