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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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LECJ Law Day Presentations

I recently had the privilege of sharing of the process of becoming, and being, a lawyer with students at Houston Independent School District's High School for Law and Justice (formerly the High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice ("LECJ")) 2018 Law Day program.  Students at this all-magnet school are exposed to issues pertinent to [...]

Responding to Licensing Boards

We frequently get calls from physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals about letters they receive from their licensing boards.  Some don't know whether to open the letters, respond to the letters or ignore the letters.  We thought it might be helpful to address this question.   https://youtu.be/AruEyEP4Q4k

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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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Physician Practice Mergers – What Is Involved?

Physicians Practice Mergers in Pearland Texas

Over the past five or more years, physicians practice mergers have risen according to industry studies. For financial and many other reasons, more doctors are employed by hospitals. Solo practices have been declining and many are merging with others to form larger, more financially stable practices.

The process [...]

What HR Issues Does Your Medical Practice Face?

Health Law Attorneys in Pearland Texas

One of the biggest challenges that physicians practices currently face is recruiting and retaining the best staff to keep your practice efficient and profitable. Health law attorneys note that practices are busier than ever, which requires attention to regulations in order to comply with ACA and HIPAA rules.

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What Is The Texas Medical Board’s License Enforcement Process?

Medical License Defense in Pearland Texas

If you are a practicing physician in the State of Texas, you are required to practice in accordance with all rules and regulations set forth by the Texas Medical Board (TMB). If a complaint is filed against you, it is in your best interest to seek the assistance [...]