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- Carondelet to pay $35 million to settle false claim allegations
Arizona-based Carondelet Health Network has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve allegations that two of its hospitals submitted false claims for inpatient rehabilitation services to Medicare and other federal programs from 2004 to 2011.
- Surgeon fined for operating on wrong finger
The Iowa Board of Medicine fined plastic surgeon and hand specialist Rene F. Recinos, MD, PhD, $2,500 for performing trigger release surgery on a patient’s right ring finger instead of the right middle finger. Recinos realized his mistake, informed the patient, and performed the surgery on the correct finger. He has submitted a written corrective action plan in order to help prevent this error from occurring again.Source: Outpatient Surgery
- AMA asks CMS to delay Open Payments registration period
The American Medical Association (AMA) has asked CMS to postpone the deadline for physicians and teaching hospitals to register and review the Open Payments system to March 31, 2015.
- Medical Board: Physician's blood alcohol content was five times the legal limit
A new accusation filed by the Medical Board of California, claims that Jason Lane, MD, arrived to work at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Diego with a blood alcohol content of 0.39 percent, which was nearly five times the legal driving limit.
- Editor's Note
There’s still time to register for our webcast, Verify and Comply: Meet Your Top Credentialing Challenges, presented by Carol Cairns, CPMSM, CPCS, on Tuesday, September 4, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.Join us for this webcast if you're struggling to understand what CMS, The Joint Commission or other accrediting bodies are looking for, or if you're just striving to develop the best practices for credentialing and privileging. Click here for more information or to register.Thanks for reading!
- Help (really) wanted
Is your organization looking for family medicine practitioners or internal medicine physicians? Wondering why the search is taking so long? Merritt Hawkins’ “2014 Review Of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives” spots some interesting trends that might already be affecting your organization. The annual review is based on the demand for the company’s services. During the 12 months from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014, Merritt Hawkins/AMN Healthcare conducted or were engaged to conduct 3,158 permanent physician or advanced practice professional (APP) search assignments.
The review indicates which types of physicians are in the greatest demand and which are the most challenging to recruit. Notable among the Merritt Hawkins’ most recent findings: Family medicine, internal medicine, and hospitalists were the most in-demand specialties among the company’s clients. Psychiatry was the fourth most sought after. APPs—nurse practitioners and physician assistants—made the survey’s top five for the first time.
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