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Indiana real estate defense attorneyA career in real estate can be very lucrative, especially when the market is as active as it has been over the past few years. Not everyone graduates from high school or college and jumps into real estate; instead, the field is often chosen by people who are looking for a rewarding career change. Many people in their thirties, forties, and even older decide to take a real estate course, pass the test, and apply for their real estate license

Oversight of real estate professionals falls under the bailiwick of the Indiana Real Estate Commission. The state of Indiana has certain requirements a person must meet in order to obtain their real estate broker’s license. These requirements include:

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

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Indiana professional license defense lawyerWhen a provider has been banned from receiving payments from Medicaid, Medicare, and other federal medical insurance programs, they are added to the List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE). The database was established in 1977 and is managed by Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG). It is critical that healthcare entities check the database to see if current employees, potential new hires, and contractors are entered into the database. Failure to conduct that check could have serious legal and financial consequences.

Who Is On the LEIE?

There are two categories for provider exclusions. Mandatory exclusions are those that are legally required and are added because the provider has been convicted of a felony. The types of crimes include:

  • Medicaid or Medicare fraud

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Indiana professional license defense lawyerAccording to regulations issued by the Indiana State Board of Nursing, all Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) are required to obtain continuing education in order to keep their nursing license in good standing with the state. Failure to meet this obligation could result in the Board taking action against an APN’s nursing license. Recently, The Law Offices of Joseph J. Bogdan, LLC has learned that more than 400 APNs will be served with orders to show cause for noncompliance with these audits. If you receive one of those orders, call our office right away.

APN Requirements and Audits

In Indiana, all APNs are required to obtain a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education. At least eight of those hours must be in pharmacology. All programs must be approved by a sponsor of continuing education for APNs who has obtained national approval. Advanced Practice Nurses are also required to retain all continuing education completion certificates to prove these requirements have been met should the Board audit the nurse.

Periodically, the Board will conduct random audits of APNs. The nurse will receive a written request from the board to provide it with documentation proving the thirty contact hours of continuing education have been completed, as well as a sworn statement between the APN and the licensed practitioner they work with that both parties are in compliance with collaborative practice agreement terms.

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indiana medical license defenseThere is no denying that the healthcare billing system is a complex one, whether you are dealing with private insurance or government insurance, such as Medicare and Medicaid. There are multiple codes and processes to keep track of, which can be difficult because of the way things are always being updated and changed. Unfortunately, billing errors do occur. Even more unfortunate is that some of these errors can lead to allegations of healthcare billing fraud, putting a physician’s medical license – and even their freedom – in jeopardy.

What Are Examples of Healthcare Billing Fraud?

A physician or other medical provider can be accused of healthcare billing fraud if there is evidence that they intentionally manipulated the insurance billing system or coding to their advantage. One common type of fraud is referred to as upcoding. Upcoding occurs when a patient receives bills from the provider for services that are more expensive than the actual services they received.

Another type of healthcare billing fraud that occurs frequently is when a provider submits the same bill more than once to the patient’s insurance company for a service or procedure the patient only received once.

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indiana professional license defense lawyerTechnological advances have improved processes in multiple professions, including the medical profession. One significant change is how doctors and other medical professionals’ access and update patients’ medical records. No longer are patient histories, vital signs, symptoms, treatments, and other information written to medical records by hand. Instead, the majority of medical providers now use electronic health records (EHR). While this technology is supposed to be more efficient, there are still issues with accuracy and errors, which could result in professional complaints and even more serious ramifications.

What Are Electronic Health Records?

An electronic health record is a digital version of a medical chart that contains all of the information regarding a patient’s health. Some of the information the record contains includes:

  • Patient demographics

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indiana license defense lawyerWhen you look at that medical license you have hanging on the wall in your office, you know the years of dedication it took to obtain it. The education, training, and sacrifices that were necessary to get to where you are today. But that license – and your entire career – is vulnerable to allegations of any kind of wrongdoing. If you have been notified of an investigation by the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana due to accusations or complaints, your medical license could be in jeopardy. The following are some of the most serious acts that can result in an investigation.

Criminal Conviction

If a physician is convicted of a crime, the medical board will usually move to suspend that doctor’s medical license. One of the most common criminal convictions that can result in a temporary medical license suspension is DUI, however, convictions of harassment, stalking, or sexual assault can also result in actions taken against your medical license.

Substance Abuse

Any individual who is abusing alcohol and/or drugs puts themselves and others at risk because of the impact these substances have on their thinking skills, judgment, and mental health. A doctor who has a substance abuse problem could be literally creating a life-or-death situation, putting patients’ lives at risk because of their substance abuse.

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