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New Jersey Woman Pleas Guilty to $1 Million DNA Testing 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 December 1, 2016, Sheila Kahl pled guilty in a New Jersey federal court that she took part in a $1 million Medicare fraud scheme. Kahl admitted to two conspiracy charges deriving from a scheme involving a nonprofit organization that appeared to help seniors navigate through federal benefit programs. In reality, the organization served as a front to subject elderly victims into taking unnecessary DNA...

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12/6/2016 Comments(0)

Legal Access to Marijuana Expands: California Legalizes Recreational Pot & Florida Legalizes Medical Marijuana

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law After looking at the red and blue map of America from the recent presidential election, it may be time to add some green. On November 9, 2016, the movement to legalize marijuana, which has been in the public eye for some time now, took a giant step forward. Voters in California voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Voters in Florida, the third most populous state, overwhelmingly finally ...

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12/5/2016 Comments(0)

Types of Cases a General Health Law Firm Works On

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law We are often asked by doctors and lawyers alike what types of cases our firm takes. They often mistake the practice of health law as medical malpractice defense. However, this is an incorrect assumption. Asa general health law practice, we concentrate on legal issues and clients involved in the health care industry. To a certain extent the firm does practically everything a physician, medical group hea...

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11/29/2016 Comments(0)

What is a Compromised Physician or Health Care Provider?

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Do you know what a "compromised physician" or "compromised health provider" is? It may not be what you think it is. This is a rarely seen term used to refer to physicians, health professionals and health facilities whose identities and billing numbers have been stolen and have been or are being used by crooks to falsely bill Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare and health insurance programs for services never r...

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11/21/2016 Comments(0)

Don't Detract From Your Professional Reputations. Always Ensure Your Correspondence Looks Professional: 30 Tips (Part 3 of 3)

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law This is Part 3 of a 3 part series on this issue. To see my past blogs on this topic click here for Part 1 and click here for Part 2. I continue with my tips for preparing good, professional correspondence. 19. In longer correspondence, use section headings in bold or underlined or headings for each issue, to better organize it. Think of these as road signs on a long road. They help the reader to know w...

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11/21/2016 Comments(0)

What To Do When Notified Of A ZPIC or Medicare Audit and Site Visit: Checklist

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law When a physician, medical group or other healthcare provider receives a notice of an audit and site visit from Medicare, the Medicare Administrative Carrier MAC or the Zone Program Integrity Contractor ZPIC , things happen fast with little opportunity to prepare. Hopefully this checklist will help you to prepare for the on-site visit that will shortly follow. Many items on this checklist may seem commo...

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11/18/2016 Comments(0)

Don't Detract From Your Professional Reputations. Always Ensure Your Correspondence Looks Professional: 30 Tips (Part 2 of 3)

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law This is Part 2 of a 3 part series on this issue. To see my past blogs on this topic click here for Part 1. I continue with my tips for preparing good, professional correspondence: 5. Use titles or honorifics . In the "business address" of your correspondence, always use the complete name of the person to whom you are writing if known together with that person's honorific or professional title e.g., Mr....

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11/17/2016 Comments(0)

Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine To Be Followed Up In Clinical Trials In The U.S.

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law A lung cancer vaccine that was developed in Havana, Cuba, will be the first such clinical trial to be approved by The Food and Drug Administration FDA for testing in the United States. The approval was announced October 26, 2016, by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with other officials at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. The trial could start as soon as November 2016 and will enroll 60 to 90...

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11/16/2016 Comments(0)

Don't Detract From Your Professional Reputations. Always Ensure Your Correspondence Looks Professional: 30 Tips (Part 1 of 3)

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law I review many letters, e-mails, memoranda, and other types of correspondence prepared by my physician and nurse clients during the course of my legal representation of them. Often this is the result of a dispute with a hospital, a dispute with their peers or the medical staff, a dispute with an insurance company, a law suit filed by a patient, a complaint being investigated by the licensing agency, or ...

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11/14/2016 Comments(0)

Prime Healthcare In the Spotlight Again: Hit With Age Discrimination Suit From New Jersey Nurses

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On November 10, 2016, California-based hospital chain Prime Healthcare Services Inc. Prime was slapped with a discrimination lawsuit in New Jersey state court. Three nurses formerlt employed by the company are alleging that they were discriminated against and fired at a New Jersey hospital earlier this year because of their ages. Alleged Termination Based on Age. The three plaintiffs, Vivian Lynch, Mau...

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11/14/2016 Comments(0)