June 2018

Wow! Did You Know That There Were All of These Different Medical and Dental Examination and Specialty Boards out There?

By |2024-03-14T10:00:59-04:00June 1, 2018|Appeal, Board of Medicine, Dentist, Informal Hearings, Licensing issues, Medical License, Our Firm, The Health Law Firm Blog|

Patricia's Photos 013By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

Did you know there are many different medically-related examination and specialty boards out there screening applicants’ credentials and administering national examinations required for licensure? What is more, if an applicant is accused of some type of wrongdoing by that board (which may include allegations of “irregular behavior or conduct,” “cheating,” “compromising examination materials,” or other similar allegations) each has different procedures and appeals for handling investigations.


Types Of Medical Specialty Boards.

I have recently had to advise clients on or become involved in hearings or appeals for:

  • The Educational Commission for Foreign […]

George Indest Recertified As Health Law Expert

By |2024-03-14T10:00:27-04:00June 1, 2018|Our Firm, The Health Law Firm Blog|

George F. Indest III, President and Founder of The Health Law Firm with offices in Orlando and Pensacola, Florida, has been recertified by the Florida Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization and Education in the legal specialty of Health Law. Indest has been board certified in Health Law since 1996.

As recognized by the Supreme Court of Florida, a board certified lawyer has the distinction of having “special knowledge, skills, and proficiency” in his or her practice area, as well as “character, ethics, and a reputation for professionalism in the practice of law.”

The goal of the Florida Bar’s legal certification process is to “recognize in various fields of specialization exceptional attorneys, meaning those who stand out from others in all of the […]

Orlando Health Law Attorneys to Speak at Florida Hospital

By |2024-03-14T10:00:28-04:00June 1, 2018|Our Firm, The Health Law Firm Blog|

Attorneys from The Health Law Firm will be presenting a seminar on contracts to Florida Hospital’s family medicine residents and medical students on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Florida Hospital East Orlando. The lecture aims to provide information on contract negotiations and employee contract review.

This seminar is part of a series that will be presented to Florida Hospital’s family medicine department by The Health Law Firm‘s attorneys. Other lecture topics will include top legal concerns common to doctors, such as navigating a Department of Health complaint.

Based in Altamonte Springs, Fla., The Health Law Firm concentrates in representing health care providers, exclusively. Services provided by the firm include reviewing and negotiating contracts, defense of professional licensing cases, representation […]

Orlando Health Attorney Featured in Latest Issue of Medical Economics

By |2024-03-14T10:00:28-04:00June 1, 2018|Our Firm, The Health Law Firm Blog|

Orlando, Fla. – March 15, 2012 – George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, shares his knowledge of health law in the March 14 issue of Medical Economics. Mr. Indest was interviewed and quoted for an article concerning legal advice for primary care physicians who prescribe painkillers. In the article he provided information based on his experience in defending physicians charged with over-prescribing with the DEA and Florida DOH, Board of Medicine.

The article, “5 ways to avoid over-prescribing allegations,” includes tips written by Mr. Indest for physicians to follow if they practice pain management. The article can be read in its entirety here.

Mr. Indest is a well-known attorney specializing […]

Orlando Health Attorney Appointed to Health Law Certification Committee

By |2024-03-14T10:00:29-04:00June 1, 2018|Our Firm, The Health Law Firm Blog|

On April 9, 2012, Gwynne A. Young, President-Elect of The Florida Bar, announced that George F. Indest III, President and Managing Partner of The Health Law Firm, has been appointed to serve on The Florida Bar’s Health Law Certification Committee. Mr. Indest will begin his three year term on July 1, 2012.

The Florida Bar’s Health Law Certification Committee is responsible for overseeing the board certification process for all health law attorneys. Appointments to this standing committee are made by The Florida Bar’s President-Elect. There are only 116 attorneys certified by The Florida Bar in the legal specialty of health law.

Mr. Indest is a well-known attorney specializing in the representation of health professionals and health care providers throughout […]

OIG Audit Finds Federal Database of Terminated Medicaid Providers Needs Improvement

By |2024-03-14T10:00:56-04:00June 1, 2018|Department of Health, Health Care Industry, MCSIS, Medicaid, Medicaid audit, Our Firm, The Health Law Firm Blog|

LLA Headshot smBy Lenis L. Archer, J.D., M.P.H., The Health Law Firm

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish a process for sharing information about terminated Medicaid providers. The federal database, called Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program State Information Sharing System (MCSIS), is designed to prevent terminated health care providers from billing another state’s program. However, an audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG), released in March 2014, states the MCSIS is not working as intended.

The MCSIS is supposed to collect data from every state Medicaid program on providers that were terminated […]

Kansas Cancer Treatment Center and Owner Pay $2.9 Million Settlement for Alleged False Claims Act Violations

By |2024-03-14T10:00:56-04:00June 1, 2018|False Claims Act, Medicare, Medicare Audit, Medicare Fraud, Our Firm, qui tam, The Health Law Firm Blog, Whistleblower|

IndestBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

A whistleblower or qui tam lawsuit against a cancer treatment facility in Kansas has been settled. On April 14, 2014, the Hope Cancer Institute and its owner agreed to pay $2.9 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. According to the complaint, it is alleged that the cancer treatment facility submitted false claims for drugs and services that were not provided to beneficiaries.

Click here to read the entire whistleblower complaint filed in 2012.

The complaint identifies three former […]

Disruptive Physicians: Nobody Likes a Nuisance

By |2024-03-14T10:00:57-04:00June 1, 2018|Our Firm, The Health Law Firm Blog|

IndestBy George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law and Christopher E. Brown, J.D., The Health Law Firm

Identifying and eliminating disruptive physicians has become a paramount concern of many hospitals and healthcare systems. Disruptive physicians hinder the safe and orderly operation of a healthcare facility and are considered a threat to the safety of patients. Disruptive behavior can impact staff morale and can increase the risk of liability to all employers.

A recent New York case demonstrates this. According to a journal for surgeons, a New York doctor is being held responsible for an ongoing worker’s compensation bill as the result of a violent […]

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