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Florida Substance Abuse Center Owner Gets 27 Years for Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On May 17, 2017, a Florida man who pled guilty to running a health care fraud scheme out of substance abuse treatment facilities he owned was sentenced to 27 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks, handed down the sentence to Kenneth Chatman who pled guilty in March 2017 to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of sex traffickin...

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6/26/2017 Comments(0)

Think Three Times Before Signing an Exclusion Agreement with the OIG; the Consequences Are Career Killing

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law We are often consulted by licensed health professionals, doctors, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, chiropractors and others, after they have signed an Exclusion Agreement with the Office of the Inspector General OIG of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS . Such Exclusion Agreements are in the nature of a settlement agreement or plea bargain agreement, both forms of c...

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6/23/2017 Comments(0)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Makes Changes to Florida Impaired Practitioners Program

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On May 31, 2017, Florida Governor, Rick Scott, signed into law House Bill 229 Ch. 2017-41, Laws of Florida , which made changes to the statutory basis for Florida's impaired practitioner programs. The impaired practitioner program for nurses in Florida is the Intervention Project for Nurses IPN , which is a for-profit corporation, The impaired practitioner program for doctors, dentists, pharmacists, op...

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6/19/2017 Comments(0)

Jury Awards $4.4 Million To Chicago Anesthesiologist Defrauded By Business Associate

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On June 9, 2017, a jury in Illinois awarded a Chicago-area anesthesiologist nearly $4.4 million. The jury unanimously agreed that his business associate defrauded him on a revenue sharing agreement and fraudulently reported his earnings to the Internal Revenue Service IRS . The jury found that Dr. Martin R. Hall, owner of Keystone Orthopedic Specialists SC Keystone , stuck Dr. Nicholas Angelopoulos wit...

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6/19/2017 Comments(0)

Jury Convicts Doctor and Medical Billing Company Owner for $28 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On May 1, 2017, a federal jury in Michigan found a Detroit-area doctor and owner of a medical billing company guilty of perpetrating a $28 million health care fraud scheme. The scheme involved billing Medicare for pain treatments that weren’t actually provided, the U.S. Department of Justice DOJ said. Health Care Fraud Scheme. Dr. Johnny Trotter and Elaine Lovett were both convicted after a four-...

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6/13/2017 Comments(0)

What is the corporate practice of optometry and what does it prohibit?

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law The legal doctrine called the "corporate practice of medicine or optometry" actually refers to the legal prohibition that prevents a doctor or an optometrist from working for a corporation or other business entity that is owned, operated or controlled by non-physicians or, in the case of optometrists, non-optometrists. In the context of such laws, the term "non-physician" or "non-optometrist" almost al...

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6/10/2017 Comments(0)

Florida Department of Health Urges Caution to Avoid Reported Medical Marijuana Scams

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On April 20, 2017, the Orange County Medical Society OCMS Board of Directors was alerted to a scam involving medical marijuana. The scammers attempt to steal credit card information from patients. Patients are requested to provide their credit card numbers in exchange for a bogus offer of free or reduced-cost medical marijuana. The DOH reports all incidents of potential fraud and scams to law enforceme...

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6/8/2017 Comments(0)

Rutgers University Faces Lawsuit Over Anesthesia Residency Program Head's Alleged Sexual Harassment

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On May 8, 2017, Rutgers University was hit with a lawsuit in New Jersey state court from former and current school employees. The suit alleges that the university failed to prevent, stop and remedy sexual harassment and retaliation by the director of its anesthesia residency program. Additionally, the suit also alleges that Rutgers fostered a harassing and discriminatory atmosphere. What must be rememb...

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5/31/2017 Comments(0)

Accused of Irregular Behavior on the USMLE? Here’s What You Need to Know

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law At The Health Law Firm, we frequently receive calls for consultations from medical students and medical school graduates who receive a letter from the National Board of Medical Examiners NBME , concerning the United States Medical Licensing Examination USMLE . The letter may accuse the student or medical resident of "Irregular Behavior" concerning one or more of the USMLE Step examinations. In many cas...

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5/29/2017 Comments(0)

Florida's Baker Act: What You Need to Know - Part 2

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Our firm is frequently retained to act to obtain the release of individuals erroneously confined and held involuntarily under the Baker Act. We hope to share some of the lessons we have learned in representing such individuals and obtaining their release. This is Part 2 of our blog on Florida's Baker Act. To read Part 1 of this blog, click here . Selected Examples of Some of Our Prior Cases. Here are e...

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5/25/2017 Comments(0)