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CEO culpability in the health care industry

Many business executives believe that building a great organization starts at the top. For chief executive officers, this means fostering an environment that is both ethical and profitable. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in March 2010, the health care industry has been at the crux of this balance, with new laws meaning increased scrutiny from a variety of media and government organizations.

As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility, and business executives are among the first to feel the effects of this adage, both good and bad. Since the crisis of the banking industry in 2008, CEOs have quickly felt the public pressure to come clean on a variety of business practices.

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What To Do When Being Investigated By the Medical Board

Not every board complaint is investigated, but those that are can have a grave impact on your medical license and your livelihood. For physicians who are facing a medical board investigation, it is crucial to take the proper steps to defend yourself against sanctions, license revocation, and more.

Defining "Advertising" and "Referrals" in the Healthcare Industry

It is often necessary for healthcare professionals, pharmacies, home health care agencies, and DME businesses to advertise. In doing so, these businesses need to proceed carefully with how they compensate their marketers-especially when dealing with clients who are covered by federal or state-provided healthcare (like Medicaid, Medicare, etc.). Toxicology labs, for example, where the medical work, supplies, and other transactions is easily quantifiable and documented, require vigilance on this front to ensure that you and your business do not violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

Risks Involved with Physician Ownership of Toxicology Labs

The laboratory industry is undergoing heightened medical scrutiny, both for independent clinical laboratories and physician office laboratories. Expansion into this industry is filled with regulatory risk for violation of state or federal laws. Some of the issues being scrutinized are as follows:

Medicare & Medicaid to Pay Hospices $160 Million More in 2016

Last week, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule that will change the way hospices are paid in 2016. In the final rule announced in Federal Register, 80 Fed. Reg. 47142, hospices will receive approximate $160 million more in payment over the 2016 fiscal year.

What to Look for When Buying a Home Health Agency

Home healthcare is a growing industry in our country. As we are seeing record numbers in our population enter the advanced stages of their life, the demand for quality medical care in the home is on the rise. For businesses, this trend poses an opportunity for investment and growth with thepurchase of a home health agency (or HHA).

Aggressive Federal Targeting of Medical Fraud Likely to Rise

According to a new report from MD News, 2014 saw a significant rise in federal action against medical fraud and abuse perpetrated by physicians. The trend represents the FBI and Department of Justice's renewed focus in targeting both physicians and large healthcare organizations and is expected to continue to rise for the next few years.

What Do I Do If I Receive a Disciplinary Notice from the Texas Board of Nursing?

Just like doctors, professional nurses dedicate their lives to the care of others. When a registered nurse receives notice that they are being investigated for violations of the Texas Nursing Practice Act by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), it can be both harrowing and heartbreaking. There are, however, steps that a nurse can take to meet those allegations head on and put their best foot forward in response to the BON's actions against them.

Texas Medical Board disciplines 42 licensed physicians

If the Texas Medical Board suspects that a physician is in violation of standard medical ethics, treatment or procedures within his or her specialty, a doctor's professional license could be on the line. For example, in February 2014, the Texas Medical Board disciplined 42 licensed doctors and issued three cease and desist orders. The disciplinary matters included those related to quality of care, revocations, unprofessional conduct, supervision, health program violations, medical records and more.

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