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Centene Pays California $215 Million in Alleged Medicaid Overbilling Scheme

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On February 8, 2023, Centene Corp. agreed to pay more than $215 million to the state of California over allegations that Centene overcharged the state for pharmacy services. It is the biggest payout to date by the nation’s largest Medicaid insurer over its drug […]

Are You Taking the USMLE Step Exams? Follow Our Tips If You Want to Score Higher

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Here are some common-sense tips you should be sure you follow that may help you to reduce stress and score higher when you take your United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step examinations. You should be doing everything within your control to […]

Physician Found Guilty of Re-Using Single-Use Devices During Surgeries

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On January 27, 2023, a North Carolina doctor was found guilty of re-using “unsanitary” medical equipment meant for one-time use on unsuspecting patients during surgeries, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. After a three-week federal jury trial, she was found guilty […]

Are You a VA Physician Notified of Possible NPDB Report–What To Do

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law When there is a Federal Tort Claim filed against the Veterans Administration (VA) on behalf of a patient, the physicians, nurse practitioners, mental health counselors and other health professionals involved in the care will usually be asked for a statement regarding their role in the care. Be […]

Federal Agents Charge 25 Individuals in Fake Nursing Diploma Scheme in Florida

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On January 25, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) launched a multi-state coordinated law enforcement action to apprehend individuals engaged in a scheme to sell false and fraudulent nursing degree diplomas and transcripts. The enforcement action […]

FTC Proposes Rule to Ban Noncompetition Clauses in Employer Agreements

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law In a precedent setting move, on January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a new rule that would ban noncompetition clauses in employment agreements as an unfair method of competition. According to the FTC, noncompetition agreements (also referred […]