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Surgeons Allegedly Implant Counterfeit Spinal Parts

Individuals who witness physicians, physician groups and hospitals billing for services and products that were not provided are started to speak up.  Qui tam actions permit individuals to file a civil suit, under seal, for filing false claims.  Often these actions are filed in federal court because they may involve reimbursement issues related to Medicare [...]

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Teladoc Challenges Texas Medical Board Telemedicine Rules

Entrepreneurs are embracing the advantages technology can bring to traditional "brick and mortar" businesses.  This is true in the healthcare setting as well.  Teladoc is a company that connects patients and doctors over the telephone and internet.  Earlier this year, the Texas Medical Board ("TMB") issued rules regarding telemedicine.  Teladoc filed suit to prevent the implementation of [...]

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Georgia Hospital Liable for Kickbacks

Business owners are encouraged to identify referral sources and to exchange services, recommendations and clients if there is some overlap.  In the healthcare industry though, referrals must be meet certain exceptions to avoid being illegal. A half-million dollar settlement has been announced regarding a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that a Georgia hospital and its parent company [...]

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Dietary Supplement Manufacturers Receive Warning Letters

Recently, the FDA) issued warning letters to dietary supplement companies whose products contained an ingredient which is not approved for such use under federal law.  The warning letters were issued to: 1ViZN LLC, Lehi, UT; Beta Labs, Newark, DE; Blackstone Labs LLC, Boca Raton, FL; Brand New Energy LLC, Burbank, CA; Core Nutritionals LLC, Arlington, VA; DSEO LLC, Riverside, CA; Genomyx [...]

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Wearable Devices, Wearable Data

Have you checked the wrists of the people you are around?  Chances are that they, and perhaps you, are wearing data gather devices aimed at tracking steps, heart rate and calories burned.  For those fitness conscious, or looking to improve their health, these new fashion accessories are a means of confirming all of the activity [...]

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Texas Medical Board Updates Telemedicine Rules

The Texas Medical Board recently updated its telemedicine rules.  Patients may now "visit" their doctors with a "face-to-face" visit held either in person or via telemedicine. Essentially the only scenario prohibited in Texas is one in which a physician treats an unknown patient using telemedicine, without any objective diagnostic data, and no ability to follow-up with the [...]

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Anthem Identity Theft Suit

A lawsuit filed in Missouri seeks class-action status for fail to safeguard sensitive data held by health insurer Anthem Inc.  A lawsuit first filed on behalf of a Richmond, Missouri, woman has been amended to add three plaintiffs who allege personal data stolen during the breach in December or January is responsible for fraudulent tax returns [...]

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Medicine and Contracts

Medical students, residents and fellows spend hours perfecting their ability to decipher symptoms that impact a patient's health.  Words memorized from various textbooks are turned into actions as scientific principles cross paths with real-world applications.  Seldom, however, are these highly motivated practitioners exposed to the business side of practicing medicine after their academic training is [...]

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Sterility Not Included

To manufacture and market prescription drugs, a manufacturer's laboratory and manufacturing facility should ensure certain sterility for the products produced. Good manufacturing practices as well as good laboratory practices help maintain the integrity of prescription drugs.  Recently, the federal government unsealed a 37-count indictment charging Med Prep Consulting Inc. for sterility issues.  Med Prep has [...]

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*It Never Happens

I enjoyed speaking to the Houston Area Residential Care Homes meeting this week.  The monthly meetings focus on providing education and networking opportunities to owners of assisted living, personal care and home health agencies.  Barbara Hoover, who has a wealth of regulatory and administrative experience, serves as one of the chapter's officers.  The discussion centered [...]

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