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Fraud and Abuse Crackdown Continues in Oklahoma and Florida

In addition to the bright sun being so prevalent during these warm summer months, the fraud and abuse enforcement spotlight shines bright on Oklahoma and Florida. In Oklahoma, two cases were filed involving a total of three physicians and five marketers, who were all charged with anti-kickback violations involving compounded prescription drugs.  In one case, […]

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Alex Thiersch and Renee Coover to Speak at AmSpa Boot Camp in Seattle

Alex R. Thiersch and Renee E. Coover will present at the AmSpa Boot Camp in Seattle, Washington on July 20 – 21, 2019. The boot camp covers important legal considerations anyone opening or running a medical spa should understand. The presentation, entitled “The Law,” will cover topics including an overview of rules and regulations affecting […]

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What Do the Forest Park Verdicts Mean for Health Care Compliance in Texas?

After years of anticipation, seven guilty verdicts in the Forest Park Medical Center criminal trial (in addition to the 10 pre-trial guilty pleas) have reshaped the health care landscape in Texas, and the nation is watching. While the exact fallout from the stunning conclusion will take some time to play out (appeals will be filed), […]

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Alert – HHS Lowers HIPAA Annual Penalty Cap

Alert – HHS Lowers HIPAA Annual Penalty Cap On April 23, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a notice of enforcement discretion to reduce the annual civil penalties some violators may face under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act […]

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Houston Illegal MedSpa Activity – Another Botox Arrest.

In the latest crackdown on illegal MedSpa activity in Houston, another person was arrested and charged for the unlawful practice of medicine. On Wednesday, the owner of Paloma Clinic Spa in northwest Houston was arrested for offering illegal Botox injections to an undercover officer.  Police allege that the owner is not licensed to give Botox […]

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Two Fraud and Abuse Anti-Kickback Settlements Shine the Spotlight on Marketing and Medical Director Agreements.

Enforcement of fraud and abuse and anti-kickback continues throughout the country with Oklahoma now the center the attention where illegal kickback payments from OK Compounding, LLC were at the center of two recent civil settlements.  These civil settlements come on the heel of criminal grand jury indictments against 3 individuals (2 physicians) in December. In […]

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