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GOING TO TAKE THE USMLE STEP EXAMS? BEWARE OF ACTIONS THAT CAN BE CALLED “IRREGULAR BEHAVIOR”-PART 1

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law If you are a medical student in or coming to the United States, you are familiar with the United States Medical Licensing Examination USMLE Step examinations. Passing these examinations is required to become licensed in the U.S. and to matching for desired U.S. residency programs. For some foreign medical schools, passing the USMLE Step exams is required to actually graduate and received a medical degr...

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4/18/2018 Comments(0)

Medical Residency and Fellowship Program Problems: Do's and Don't's of Dealing with Graduate Medical Education (GME) Programs

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law Medical residents and fellows, often when experiencing problems with their graduate medical education GME programs, wait until it is too late to think of consulting with an experienced healthcare attorney regarding possible solutions. Even when it may appear to be too late, it may not actually be too late to recover. Try to take appropriate actions and make informed decisions at the earliest possible s...

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4/18/2018 Comments(0)

Qui Tam Cases: If You Are Thinking About Blowing the Whistle, Follow These Tips

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law At The Health Law Firm, we have represented many clients that were involved in qui tam cases brought because of false claims under the Medicare False Claims Act FCA . We have defended health facilities and health professionals, but we have also brought whistle blower cases against health facilities and health professionals, representing the whistle blower. If you are thinking about blowing the whistle ...

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4/17/2018 Comments(0)

What You Should Know Before Dabbing Into the Risks of Marijuana-Related Mergers and Acquisitions

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law As public support grows for the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. and Canada, mergers and acquisitions lawyers should be studying up now on the ins and outs of cannabis compliance. In the U.S., there are 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico, which have all legalized medical marijuana. In addition, there are nine states including Colorado and Massachusetts...

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4/15/2018 Comments(0)

Little Known Facts About State and DOH Investigations That Could Save Your Professional License

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law The notice that you are under investigation may seem nonthreatening. It may come in the mail, be delivered personally by an investigator or you may receive a telephone call from the investigator. This is a very serious matter for you. Our attorneys include those who are board certified in health law by The Florida Bar, those who are nurses, and those who are themselves licensed health professionals. Ou...

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4/9/2018 Comments(0)

Health Care Investors Targeted as DOJ Sues Private Equity Firm in False Claims Act Case

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On March 20, 2018, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida intervened in a False Claims Act FCA lawsuit initiated by a whistleblower. The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a complaint in intervention against a compounding pharmacy located in Florida and against a private equity firm involved in the matter. The pharmacy, Patient Care America, allegedly paid illegal kickbacks to induce prescrip...

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4/6/2018 Comments(0)

Florida Woman Sues After Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted at Massage Envy

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On December 7, 2017, a woman who accused a Coral Gables Massage Envy masseur of sexual assault filed a civil lawsuit in Miami-Dade circuit court against that franchise’s owner. The suit charges that First World Financial Corp.’s negligence in hiring and business practices cleared the way for the alleged sexual assault by the male licensed massage therapist. According to the suit, she is see...

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4/3/2018 Comments(0)

Federal Judge Dismisses Former NFL Player’s Marijuana Decriminalization Suit

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On February 26, 2018, a New York federal judge dismissed a former NFL star's suit demanding decriminalization of medical marijuana. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said the Second Circuit has already determined that Congress had a rational basis to classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug. Schedule I drugs are those drugs that allegedly have no known currently accepted medicinal use and have a ...

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3/30/2018 Comments(0)

Jeff Sessions Threatens Legalized Marijuana by Reversing Obama-Era Policy

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back an Obama-era policy of refraining from prosecuting marijuana businesses and individual users in states that have legalized the drug for medicinal or recreational use. The U.S. Department of Justice DOJ announced this, calling the move a return to the rule of law. Marijuana Criminalization. Jeff Sessions announced the decision in a memo sent...

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3/28/2018 Comments(0)

Florida Board of Dentistry Makes Changes to Anesthesia Rules

By George F. Indest III, J.D., M.P.A., LL.M., Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Health Law On November 13, 2017, The Florida Board of Dentistry updated rules and terminology for the use of anesthesia. The Board changed terminology from conscious sedation or pediatric conscious sedation to moderate sedation or pediatric moderate sedation. The updates were done to ensure that the terminology adequately describes the type of anesthesia that is being performed. Existing Permit Holders. If you ar...

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3/28/2018 Comments(0)