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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)

Beware Of the Negative Consequences After Discipline on Your Professional License, Part 1 of 2

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Do you have a medical, pharmacist, counselor, or nursing license in more than one state? Do you have a license in more than one profession? Have you been notified that an investigation has been opened against your professional license? Are you thinking about resigning your professional license or voluntarily relinquishing giving up your license? Then you should be aware of some important facts you may ...

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8/24/2022 Comments(0)

Healthcare Professionals: Do You Know How to Prepare For, and Respond To, a Medicaid Audit Request?

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Florida healthcare providers servicing Medicaid patients are at a higher risk for audits than anywhere else in the country. Unfortunately, the unfortunate truth is that Florida has become synonymous with healthcare fraud. As a result, auditing and subsequent overpayment demands are some very real possibilities. Should you find yourself, your facility, or your health practice the subject of a Medicaid a...

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8/19/2022 Comments(0)

Doctor Acquitted in $85 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme Requests Reimbursement of Legal Expenses

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, a doctor acquitted in a $85 million Medicare fraud scheme filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York requesting prosecutors cover the legal fees and expenses she incurred. Mayura Kanekar, a Brooklyn-based doctor, claims the government knew she was unaware of the scheme but arrested and prosecuted her anyway. In her motion, she said the Hyde Amendm...

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8/18/2022 Comments(0)

Exemptions for Employment Disqualification By the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for Health Professionals in Florida

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Florida law requires that health professionals including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, professional counselors and social workers, among others obtain a Level 2 background screening prior to working in a facility licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration AHCA . This includes third and fourth year medical students, resident physicians and nursing students. Oft...

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8/9/2022 Comments(0)

U.S. Government Renews Coronavirus Public Health Emergency, Extending Health Benefits for Americans

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On July 15, 2022, the United States once again renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency, allowing millions of Americans special access to free tests, vaccines, and treatments. The public health emergency was initially declared in January 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic began. Since then, the Department of Health and Human Services has renewed it each quarter. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra offici...

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8/2/2022 Comments(0)

DOJ Files False Claims Suit Against Nursing Homes Over "Substandard Services and Nonexistent" Care

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On June 15, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice DOJ announced it has sued three nursing homes in Ohio and Pennsylvania, citing their grossly substandard skilled nursing services. The False Claims Act FCA complaint against the American Health Foundation AHF , its affiliate AHF Management Corporation, and three nursing homes alleges the facilities fraudulently billed the Centers for Medicare & Medic...

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7/29/2022 Comments(0)

Completing an Application for a Nursing License? Here Are Some Helpful Tips!

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law The process of obtaining a nursing or health care professional license is not only challenging, but it’s also time-consuming. If you have a criminal conviction or unique circumstance which may negatively impact your ability to be granted a health care license, it's imperative that you consult with an experienced attorney. Your career or future depends on your ability to positively present yoursel...

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7/21/2022 Comments(0)

Follow These Rules To Proactively Safeguard Your Mental Health Professional License

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Licensed mental health counselors, psychologists, and other mental health care professionals are potential targets of licensure complaints from clients in any practice setting. Many legal situations and cases arise because the therapist has strayed over the line and crossed the therapist-client boundary. In reviewing the many disciplinary complaints and lawsuits I have handled, I have put together a li...

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6/24/2022 Comments(0)

Supreme Court Rules Against HHS in Hospital Medicare Reimbursement Case

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On June 15, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court said the federal government improperly cut more than $1 billion a year in Medicare reimbursements to hospitals. This came in a ruling that limits regulators’ power to control what the program pays for certain drugs. In this case, the Supreme Court justices sided unanimously with a group of hospitals suing over drug reimbursement rates for facilities that s...

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6/17/2022 Comments(0)