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California Hospitals Must Report Disciplinary Actions to the State

Remember the hospital from last week? It suffered a $4 million judgment because it revoked a doctor’s staff privileges without notice or an administrative hearing. It may also have violated another law that applies when a hospital (or clinic or like facility) revokes someone’s privileges (or takes similar action) for a medical disciplinary reason. It Read More

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You Can’t Revoke a Doctor’s Hospital Privileges Without Due Process

This ain’t your grandfather’s medical practice anymore, is it? The modern doctor must deal with a dizzying array of rules and regulations like the one we covered last week. At the same time, California law affords you certain protections that can’t be bargained around or contracted away, as a hospital found out when it tried Read More

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California Doctors Must Check Patient Database Before Prescribing Most Drugs

Speaking of new rules, we’ve written about this before, and if you work in healthcare then you already know. As of October 2, doctors and other healthcare providers must check a statewide database before prescribing any Schedule II-IV drug. It’s called CURES: the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System. It’s a prescription-drug monitoring program to curb Read More

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‘Tis the Season for Healthcare Enforcement

Speaking of health care, the federal government brought the heat again this summer. As it has for several years, it announced major, coordinated raids and arrests of healthcare providers and professionals around the country. We covered the government’s raids in 2015 and 2017, and they’re getting bigger and badder each year. This year’s takedown set new records Read More

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Feds Raise Healthcare Penalties Again

If you’re a healthcare provider who takes Medicare or another federal program, take note. We didn’t get a government shutdown, but the budget law from last week more than doubled the civil and criminal penalties you face when the government accuses you of fraud, waste, or abuse. To see for yourself, click the link and scroll all Read More

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When the Doctor Is Not In

Last week, it was the California Medical Board, but Medicare ain’t playing around either, doc. It will revoke your billing privileges if you submit inaccurate claims, and it will test the accuracy of those claims by mining data about you and your travels. Recently, for example, the government revoked a clinic’s privileges because it determined the doctor who supposedly rendered Read More

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Medical Board Metes Out Discipline Based on a Police Report

If you’re a doctor or other licensed healthcare professional in California, remember. Your board or agency can discipline you for alleged conduct in a police report even if you’re never charged with or convicted of anything. Just this week, the California Court of Appeal ruled that the medical board could discipline a doctor based on a police Read More

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Don’t Keep The Change, Doc

Meaning, don’t just pocket the difference when the government overpays you for healthcare goods or services. Recently, a medical group agreed to pay $450,000 to settle allegations that it refused to return $175,000 in overpayments that it received from federal healthcare programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Here’s the government’s press release. The overpayments at issue tend to happen in medical Read More

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California’s New Law of Fair Shakes

Whether you’re an employer or an employee, take note. Earlier this month, California enacted the Fair Chance Act. This means that, beginning next year, many employers can no longer ask about or look into criminal convictions until they’ve decided a person is right for the job. That means they can’t ask about convictions anymore on a job application. Read More

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No Correlation Between Drug War and Use

According to an independent, well-regarded think tank, there is statistically no reason to think that we can reduce drug abuse by locking more people up. The nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts spelled it out in a letter this summer to a federal commission that’s looking at ways to combat the widespread problem of opioid abuse. Its study, which drew on data Read More

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