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Check Your Professional Liability Insurance to Make Sure You Are Covered for Professional License Defense Expenses

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Most mental health counselors, psychologists, and social workers carry professional liability malpractice insurance policies to protect them against claims and suits for malpractice. Yet the most likely legal problem you will encounter will be that a patient, former patient or patient's family files a complaint against your professional license. You should closely examine your insurance policy to make ...

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2/8/2016 Comments(0)

It’s Official: Medical Marijuana Will Be on the Ballot For 2016 in Florida

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law A proposed constitutional amendment to allow medical use of marijuana in Florida will be back on the ballot in November of 2016. On Wednesday, the Florida Division of Elections said the proposed amendment to legalize medical marijuana has met requirements to appear on the state’s ballot. If passed, the amendment would allow doctors more freedom to prescribe marijuana for people with debilitating ...

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2/8/2016 Comments(0)

Dentists File Lawsuits Against Supply Distributors Alleging Violations of Antitrust Statues

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Several dentists have joined together to file suits against leading dental supply distributors in New York and Texas federal courts alleging the companies jointly conspired to keep prices artificially inflated. Five lawsuits have been filed since Wednesday, January 20, 2016, against Patterson Cos. Inc. Patterson , Henry Schein Inc. Henry Schein and Benco Dental Supply Co. Benco . These companies are al...

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Tallahassee Massage Therapist Arrested Twice in Massage Parlor Stings

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law A Tallahassee massage therapist, Gendi Li, has been arrested twice in two weeks for charges of prostitution and practicing without a license. The Florida Departments of Health and Law Enforcement had received several complaints from customers of the massage parlor where Li worked. It was reportedly called the Health Center. Ms. Li was first arrested on Jan. 22, 2016, after she allegedly tried to solici...

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2/5/2016 Comments(0)

The Title of “Disruptive Physician” Can Ruin Your Professional Career

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Nobody likes dealing with a nuisance, and disruptive physicians are no exception. Disruptive physicians threaten the morale of medical staff, the safe and orderly operation of a medical practice, as well as a threat to the safety of patients. They can also become expensive liabilities. The Behavior That May Cause One to Earn the Title of Disruptive Physician. Anything a physician does that interferes w...

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2/5/2016 Comments(0)

Health Care Professionals: Are You A Target of Medicare Audits? Follow These Tips to Protect Yourself and Your Practice

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Health care professionals in Florida who serve Medicare patients are at a higher risk for audits than anywhere else in the country. Unfortunately, Florida seems to have become synonymous with health care fraud. At The Health Law Firm, we have been contacted and retained by many health care professionals that have become the subjects of Medicare audits. If you find yourself or your health care facility ...

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1/27/2016 Comments(0)

Florida Physician Accused of Overprescribing Pain Meds is Permanently Barred from Treating Pain Patients by Board of Medicine

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health The Florida Department of Health DOH filed an administrative complaint against central Florida physician, Dr. Frances F. Cruz-Pacheco, M.D., on November 24, 2014. The complaint alleged that Dr. Cruz-Pacheco provided care and treatment during a specified time period for a particular patient whose untimely death on April 28, 2012, was the result of multiple drug intoxication. The DOH alleged that certain med...

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1/26/2016 Comments(0)

California Attorney Ordered by Court to Pay Donation to Women Lawyers' Professional Group as Sanction for Sexist Comments

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health A medical group defense attorney in California, Peter Bertling, was ordered on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal, to pay a $250 donation to the Women Lawyers' Association. The ruling was in response to a sexist comment made by Bertling to opposing counsel, Lori Rifkin, during a heated deposition. Additionally, Judge Grewal sanctioned Bertling's clients, California Forensic ...

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1/22/2016 Comments(0)

Florida Hospital Will Be First to Test So-Called “Smart” Prescription Bottle That May Offer a Solution to a Cost Issue in U.S. Health Care

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law A burgeoning health care tech company, Smrxt, recently closed shop in New York to relocate its headquarters to Orlando, Florida. It has designed a so-called smart prescription bottle that will alert physicians and health care companies to missed medication doses. While it’s currently only been used in the prototype phase, Florida Hospital will be the health care pioneer to first try the success o...

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1/21/2016 Comments(0)

Fort Myers Doctor Convicted of Running Two"Pill Mills" Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Former Fort Myers, Florida doctor, Jacinta Irene Gillis, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Gillis's sentencing was the result of a conviction for running two illegal "pill mill" operations in the Pinellas and Lee County areas. Gillis was charged with one count of racketeering, two counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance...

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1/15/2016 Comments(0)