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Bankruptcy Filing for Popular ER Company

In July 2018, Houston-based Neighbors Legacy Holdings Inc. and 48 other related entities filed for bankruptcy protection.  In a statement sent to the Houston Business Journal, Neighbors noted it filed for Chapter 11 to “expedite the sale of its Houston and non-Houston operations.” The company operates as Neighbors Health, which includes Neighbors Physician Group, Neighbors Emergency [...]

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Impairment Impedes Respiratory Care Practitioner

A disciplinary panel of the Texas Board of Respiratory Care temporarily suspended, without notice, the Texas respiratory care practitioner permit of Scott Walsh, RCP after determining his continuation in the practice of respiratory care poses a continuing threat to public welfare.  The suspension, which is effective immediately, was issued on July 19, 2018. The Board [...]

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Faking Cancer to Avoid Punishment

A judge sentenced a Santa Fe, N.M.-based physician to more than four years in prison for healthcare billing fraud and obstruction of justice after he allegedly faked a cancer diagnosis to postpone the hearing, according to the Albuquerque Journal. A federal grand jury indicted self-described "holistic" cardiologist Roy G. Heilbron, MD, in 2015 with health care [...]

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Get Help for Your Addictions

On December 28, 2017, a disciplinary panel of the Texas Medical Board temporarily restricted, with notice, the medical license of Joshua Kern, M.D., after determining his continuation in the unrestricted practice of medicine posed a continuing threat to public welfare. TMB found that on November 1, 2017, Dr. Kern was arrested by the Dallas County Hospital [...]

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Bioscience Policy in Texas

I recently had a chance to attend the Texas Healthcare & Bioscience Institute's 2017 Fall Policy Summit.  The event, held in Austin, brought together a number of stakeholders in the biotechnology sector.  There are a number of pharmaceutical and medical device companies emerging from efforts in Texas.  It is exciting to see the advancement of [...]

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Request to Remove Opioid Medication

Opioids are drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain.  Continued use and abuse can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms.  Opana ER is among one of the many opioid drugs in the market today.  Recently, FDA requested that the manufacturer voluntarily remove reformulated Opana ER from the market.  FDA has made [...]

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Not Safe For Work

We recently had an opportunity to present on the topic, "Not Safe For Work", focusing on issues that healthcare providers face that can cause issues in their practices and offices.  We covered issues related to inappropriate relationships with patients, office harassment, alcohol and substance abuse, patient communication and social media pitfalls.  No sooner had we [...]

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Doctors: New Jack Hustlers?

In Tennessee, eight workers plead guilty to federal drug conspiracy charges.  Two of the workers were physicians.  Federal prosecutors sought an grand jury indictment against the workers for "dealing drugs just like hustlers on the street peddling crack cocaine." Prosecutors say Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center in Maryville, Tenn., was no clinic at all.  It had some [...]

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Get a Rx, Even If You Don’t Need It

The Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") has linked Dr. Randall Wade, a McKinney, Texas physician, to the deaths of at least six of his patients.  DEA and federal prosecutors allege Dr. Wade was running a pill mill and prescribed massive amounts of  powerful painkillers to patients who didn’t need them.  Dr. Wade was indicted on drug distribution [...]

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Talk About A Tooth Fairy

Most can remember hoping to get a visit from the tooth fairy during their childhood.  You remember, don't you?  When children lose one of their baby teeth, the tooth is placed underneath their pillow.  While the children are asleep, the tooth fairy would visit, replacing the lost tooth with a small payment.  One Atlanta area [...]

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