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What is the corporate practice of dentistry and what does it prohibit?

What is the corporate practice of dentistry and what does it prohibit? https://youtu.be/yb2W3HaZtzE Speaker 1: The corporate practice of dentistry means that a dentist is working for a corporation or other business entity that is controlled by non-dentists. There’s a prohibition in Florida and most other states against this. In Florida, there’s a specific act that […]

Can a Medicare provider have its Medicare number revoked if mail from a Medicare carrier (such as First Coast service Options, Inc. or Palmetto GMA) is returned.

Can a Medicare provider have its Medicare number revoked if mail from a Medicare carrier (such as First Coast service Options, Inc. or Palmetto GMA) is returned. https://youtu.be/0HH3pP88v8M Speaker 1: Yes, it can. A Medicare provider is required, by law, to keep all of its addresses on file with the Medicare program up to date, constantly. […]

Will Medicare deactivate a provider’s Medicare number if the Medicare carriers’ solo practitioners’ brochure is returned to the sender because of an invalid address?

Will Medicare deactivate a provider’s Medicare number if the Medicare carriers’ solo practitioners’ brochure is returned to the sender because of an invalid address? https://youtu.be/OlTFUYJKaAsSpeaker 1: The Medicare administrative contractors such as First Co. Service Options in Florida or Palmetto GBA are authorized to terminate or revoke a billing number for a Medicare provider if any […]

I am a physician. I received a letter from the Department of Health (DOH) containing an administrative complaint. Should I agree to an informal hearing?

I am a physician. I received a letter from the Department of Health (DOH) containing an administrative complaint. Should I agree to an informal hearing? Speaker 1: This means that an investigation of a complaint against your medical license has proceeded significantly, and there are formal charges pending against you. Often physicians and other licensed […]

I am a physician working as an employee in a pain management clinic. The clinic has received a number of subpoenas from the Department of Health for copies of records. Why is this?

I am a physician working as an employee in a pain management clinic. The clinic has received a number of subpoenas from the Department of Health for copies of records. Why is this? Speaker 1: Currently in Florida, as in many other states, pain management physicians are under increased scrutiny by the departments of health of […]

I am a registered nurse. I have received a letter from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) advising me that a complaint has been filed against my license. What should I do?

I am a registered nurse. I have received a letter from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) advising me that a complaint has been filed against my license. What should I do? Speaker 1: Any complaint in Florida is initiated by a simple letter from the Florida Department of Health. That would be against any licensed […]

I have received an election of rights (EOR) form together with an administrative complaint (or notice of intent). Do I need an attorney to assist me in completing it?

I have received an election of rights (EOR) form together with an administrative complaint (or notice of intent). Do I need an attorney to assist me in completing it? Speaker 1: The short answer to this question is yes you do. An administrative complaint is a formal charging document letting you know that formal charges have […]

I am a physician. I received a letter from the Department of Health (DOH) indicating it has issued an emergency order to suspend my license to practice medicine. What should I do?

I am a physician. I received a letter from the Department of Health (DOH) indicating it has issued an emergency order to suspend my license to practice medicine. What should I do? Speaker 1: This is an extremely serious matter. It will mean that this is a public record that’s available to anyone on the Internet […]

I received a letter from a company claiming to be a Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) for the Medicare Program stating it wanted to audit my practice. What is a ZPIC?

I received a letter from a company claiming to be a Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) for the Medicare Program stating it wanted to audit my practice. What is a ZPIC? Speaker 1: A Zone Program Integrity Contract, or as one of the corporations that contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies to help […]

Is there a statute of limitations for administrative charges brought against my license as a healthcare professional?

Is there a statute of limitations for administrative charges brought against my license as a healthcare professional? Speaker 1: In Florida, several years ago the Florida legislature did pass a statute of limitations for licensure complaints involving physicians and other licensed healthcare professionals. There are many exceptions, such as if there’s fraud, or if there is […]

I received a letter from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) requesting copies of patient medical records for a Medicaid audit. What should I do?

I received a letter from the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) requesting copies of patient medical records for a Medicaid audit. What should I do? Speaker 1: In Florida, the Agency for Health Care Administration is the government agency that’s responsible for administering the Medicaid program and for conducting audits of the Medicaid program. This […]

I received a letter from the hospital where I hold clinical privileges. The letter makes references to my causing disruptions in the hospital. Should I be concerned?

I received a letter from the hospital where I hold clinical privileges. The letter makes references to my causing disruptions in the hospital. Should I be concerned? Speaker 1: Yes, you should. Any latter addressing your peer review process or your clinical privileges is a matter to be concerned about, especially one that might mention disruptions […]

Recently my nurse supervisor told me the hospital was requiring several nurses to “voluntarily” submit to urinalysis drug tests. Should I agree to voluntarily submit to a urinalysis drug test?

Recently my nurse supervisor told me the hospital was requiring several nurses to “voluntarily” submit to urinalysis drug tests. Should I agree to voluntarily submit to a urinalysis drug test? Speaker 1: If the drug test is truly voluntary, you should not agree to it. You should immediately consult with an experienced health law attorney that […]

Should I voluntarily relinquish my professional license because I am being investigated?

Should I voluntarily relinquish my professional license because I am being investigated? Speaker 1: As a general rule, you should never voluntarily relinquish your professional license after you have some notice of an investigation, even if you have licenses in other states. A voluntary relinquishment in the face of an investigation, once an investigation has been […]

What happens if I am sued for something I did as a VA physician?

What happens if I am sued for something I did as a VA physician? Speaker 1: If you’re a VA physician employed by the Veteran’s Administration, then you are covered by the Federal Tort Claims Act. This means you yourself have immunity from suit and the government is required to answer any lawsuits. You cannot […]

Dentists, What If You or Someone on Your Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19?

By Achal A. Aggarwal, M.B.A., J.D., and George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law You or a member of your staff has a confirmed case of COVID-19. What now? Your primary concern is for the individual affected. However, as a health professional operating a professional practice, you also have a […]