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How to Find the Right Attorney for Your Irregular Behavior Case Before the USMLE or ECFMG

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law If you have received a letter from the United States Medical Licensing Examination USMLE Secretariat or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates ECFMG accusing you of "irregular behavior," this is very serious stuff. You need an experienced lawyer to assist you. But how do you find one? This blog will provide several tips on how to locate an experienced effective attorney who will reall...

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11/22/2022 Comments(0)

When the DEA Comes Knocking: 15 Tips To Remember For a "Routine" DEA Inspection

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law As the United States continues to open back up from the COVID-19 shutdown, the Drug Enforcement Agency DEA is resuming on-site routine inspections. Therefore, health care professionals must ensure compliance and regulatory efforts are in place. This is part 1 of a 2 part blog series. Check back for part 2 of this blog series soon! DEA Inspections and Site Visits: Subpoenas. DEA agents are often pushy, ...

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11/12/2022 Comments(0)

Centene Reaches $166 Million Settlement With Texas Over Its Medicaid Drug Pricing

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law The nation's largest Medicaid insurer, Centene, has agreed to pay $165.6 million to Texas to resolve claims that it overcharged the state’s Medicaid program for pharmacy services. The deal was signed July 11, 2022 but hadn’t been publicly announced until September 19, 2022. The agreement makes Texas at least the 12th state to settle pharmacy billing claims with St. Louis-based Centene. It&#...

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11/8/2022 Comments(0)

Florida Nurse Wins Reversal of Board's Revocation of License; "Due Process Rights Violated" Says Court of Appeal

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On September 22, 2022, Florida's First District Court of Appeal reversed a final administrative order from the Board of Nursing, saying that the state agencies engaged in a game of bait and switch" when revoking a Florida nurse's license. As a result, the discipline imposed on the nurse, revocation of her nursing license, is reversed. The appeals court said that the Florida Board of Nursing violated th...

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11/2/2022 Comments(0)

Rapper 50 Cent Sues Florida Plastic Surgeon Over "Penile Enhancement" Ads & Social Media Photos

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On September 16, 2022, 50 Cent, the rapper and entrepreneur, sued a plastic surgeon and her Sunny Isle Beach, Florida, medical practice in federal court. The suit alleges that the doctor used photographs she took with 50 Cent to promote her business on social media. without his consent. The suit also alleges that the ads and social media falsely implied that 50 Cent had received penile enhancement trea...

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10/17/2022 Comments(0)

New Florida Legislation Allows Pharmacy Technicians to Administer Immunizations

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On July 1, 2022, Florida passed HB 1209, which now allows registered pharmacy technicians to administer immunizations to patients. The new law authorizes pharmacy technicians to seek certification to provide immunizations and become Certified Registered Pharmacy Technicians. These pharmacy technicians will then be allowed to administer all vaccines listed by the CDC in the Adult Immunization Schedule o...

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10/14/2022 Comments(0)

Centene Agrees to Pay State of Washington $19 Million to Settle Medicaid Fraud Allegations

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On August 24, 2022, managed healthcare company, Centene Corporation, agreed to pay $19 million to the State of Washington to settle fraud allegations. Centene owns and operates Sunshine State Health Plan, d/b/a Sunshine Health, in Florida. In addition, it has been reported that Centene/Sunshine Health reportedly has over $31 billion in contracts with the state of Florida alone. Click here to learn more...

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10/14/2022 Comments(0)

Have You Recieved an OIG Subpoena From the DOH? Follow These Steps!

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HHS issues investigative subpoenas through the Office of the Inspector General OIG . This agency investigates allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse against Medicare, Medicaid, and other federally funded healthcare programs. These subpoenas are very broad, usually requiring the production of thousands of pages of documents. Click here to see a sample of ...

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10/7/2022 Comments(0)

DOJ Drops Charges in Opioid Case After Supreme Court Ruling

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On August 12, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice DOJ announced that it dropped charges against the remaining defendants in a case against a former Ohio drug distributor. In 2019, Miami-Luken, two of its executives, and two pharmacists had been charged with conspiring to distribute millions of addictive pain killers across rural Appalachia unlawfully. The Original Indictment. The DOJ issued an indictm...

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10/6/2022 Comments(0)

New Study Reveals Complex Coding Requirements Are Increasing Medical Billing Costs 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 On August 3, 2022, a study published by the Health Affairs Journal revealed that complex coding structures in the United States are driving up medical billing costs. This is a primary factor helping to make it one of the most expensive countries in the world in which to obtain payment for medical care. According to the study, researchers studied this issue using a micro-level accounting of billing and ...

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9/7/2022 Comments(0)