June 2018

Poll Shows Majority Supports the Legalization of Marijuana

By |2024-03-14T10:00:47-04:00June 1, 2018|In the Know, In the News, The Health Law Firm Blog|

4 Indest-2009-3By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

For the first time in four decades, a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, according to a national survey conducted by Pew Research. The results from the survey, released on April 4, 2013, show fifty-two percent (52%) of adult Americans back making marijuana legal.

To read all of the poll results from Pew Research, click here.

The Pew Research polled 1,501 American adults from March 13 to 17, 2013, for this survey.

Demographics on Adults Who Support Legal Marijuana.

According to the survey results, forty-eight percent (48%) of poll respondents said they have used marijuana […]

Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO) Attorneys, Lawyers and Defense Council in Florida

By |2024-03-14T10:00:47-04:00June 1, 2018|Administrative law, Health Care Industry, Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO), Insurance, Licensing issues, The Health Law Firm Blog|

10 Indest-2008-7By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

Often we learn after the fact that a health professional such as a mental health counselor, psychologist, or pharmacist has received Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO) insurance, has had a legal problem, and has not been able to locate an attorney or law firm that accepts this type of insurance. We have offices in Florida and Colorado, but we have attorneys licensed in Florida, Colorado, Louisiana, the District of Columbia, Virginia and other states.

Additionally, we can provide legal advice and representation in license investigations and administrative proceedings in many other states.

If you have HPSO […]

Florida Hospital Recovering from Privacy Breach

By |2024-03-14T10:00:25-04:00June 1, 2018|In the News, The Health Law Firm Blog|

As a health care provider, keeping patient medical records confidential is a fundamental aspect of the job description. Within those records, the most private details of a person’s life are revealed, details, that if leaked, may ruin the reputation of the patient and the health care provider.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Florida Hospital is currently trying to recover from the damaging effects of a breach of its medical electronic records. Three employees were to blame for “inappropriate access” to the records, all nonmedical personnel.

No motive has yet been attributed to the breach, which occurred between January 2010 and August 2011. All 2,252 patients whose records may have been involved in this incident are being notified.

Though Florida Hospital screens employees […]

The Doctors Company (TDC) Attorneys, Lawyers and Defense Council in Florida

By |2024-03-14T10:00:47-04:00June 1, 2018|Administrative law, Insurance, The Health Law Firm Blog|

Indest

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

Often we learn after the fact that a health professional such as physicians, dentist and other health professionals has received The Doctors Company (TDC) Insurance, has had a legal problem, and has not been able to locate an attorney or law firm that accepts this type of insurance. We have offices in Florida and Colorado, but we have attorneys licensed in Florida, Colorado, Louisiana, the District of Columbia, Virginia and other states.

Additionally, we can provide legal advice and representation in license investigations and administrative proceedings in many other states.

If you have TDC Insurance, do […]

Sexual Misconduct by Rogue Employees Can Cost Big Money: Your Responsibility as an Employer

By |2024-03-14T10:00:57-04:00June 1, 2018|Health Care Industry, In the News, The Health Law Firm Blog|

2 Indest-2009-1By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

Johns Hopkins Health System agreed to shell out $190 million to more than 7,000 women and girls, in one of the largest settlements ever in the United States involving sexual misconduct by a physician.

A gynecologist, practicing in a Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the nation’s most prestigious medical institutions, was accused of using a tiny camera to secretly take videos and pictures of his patients. The doctor worked at the hospital for 25 years, but was fired after admitting to the misconduct and surrendering his recording devices to authorities.

This is a chilling example […]

“Cert Audits” Newest in Medicare Audit Contractor Alphabet?

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

One of the newest acronyms that our law firm has encountered in the Medicare Program’s audit process is the Medicare Comprehensive Error Rate Testing program audit or CERT audit.  It could be that we just haven’t had clients who had problems with this in the past, as we have seen plenty of Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) audits, Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) audits and actions, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) audits, etc.  However, we did have a client recently who was being audited by a CERT contractor and we assisted in resolving document discrepancies.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program to measure the paid claims error rate for Medicare claims submitted […]

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 […]

At Last, a Ray of Hope for Florida Health Professionals Who Have Paid Their Debt to Society After Criminal Conviction

By |2024-03-14T10:00:28-04:00June 1, 2018|Department of Health, Health Care Industry, In the News, The Health Law Firm Blog|

The Florida Legislature unanimously passed HB 653 which relaxes some of the draconian exclusions enacted under SB 1986, which went into effect on July 1, 2009. SB 1986, which added provisions to Chapter 456, Florida Statutes, among others, prevented numerous healthcare providers from obtaining or renewing licenses based on prior criminal convictions, which could have occurred decades earlier.

As of this writing (March 16, 2012), HB 653 has been passed unanimously by the Florida Legislature, but awaits the Governor’s signature.

Under HB 653, the professional boards within the Department of Health (such as the Board of Medicine, Board of Nursing, Board of Psychology, Board of Massage Therapy, etc.) now will, if signed by the Governor, only […]

Are You Working at an Illegal Health Care Clinic?

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

Despite the passage of Florida’s Health Care Clinic Act over nine years ago, there are apparently still many health practices which are violating it. Unfortunately, the violation of the Health Care Clinic Act can have extremely serious repercussions, including conviction of a felony, loss of all fees collected, and disciplinary/licensure action against any physicians, nurses or other licensed health professionals working there.

Over the past three years we have seen the following scenarios or ones similar to these (changed factually to ensure anonymity):

Scenario 1: A physician licensed in Florida decides to sell her practice and retire. Three non-licensed business people decide to form a corporation to purchase and operate the practice. The corporation purchases the […]

May 2018

Florida-Based Compounding Pharmacy Violated False Claims Act by Overcharging Tricare, Feds Claim

By |2024-03-14T10:01:30-04:00May 15, 2018|Pharmacy Law Blog|

9 Indest-2008-6By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law

On July 3, 2017, a compounding pharmacy based in Tampa, Florida, charged Tricare at least 2,000 percent more for drugs than it charged cash payers, according to the government. Teh government claimed that the Florida pharmacy acted in violation of the False Claims Act (FCA), as it intervened in a whistleblower’s suit.

The government claimed that RS Compounding LLC and its owner, Renier Gobea, knew it was illegal to provide discounts to cash payers but not the government. However, the company still went through with a scheme to do it, the partial-intervention complaint says. Prosecutors […]

Go to Top