Category Archives: Health Law

Physicians Plead Guilty to TRICARE Fraud

In April 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California announced that two physicians pled guilty to participating in a health care fraud scheme against TRICARE, the health care program for U.S. service members and their families. Carl Lindblad, 53, and Susan Vergot, 31, were charged with fraudulently obtaining more than $65 million by unnecessarily prescribing expensive compound medications for patients they did not see in person. Fraud Related to Compound Medications Compound medications are specialty medications created when a patient has a specific need that cannot be addressed with a regularly existing prescription. Compound medications are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, yet they typically involve a variation on a previously FDA-approved drug. For instance, a patient may need a specific drug yet be allergic to a dye or one of its ingredients. A patient may require a dosage that a certain drug is not manufactured in.….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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The (Legal) 411 on 4/20 Fun

Recreational marijuana became legal in California January 1st, meaning this is the first year cannabis has been available to all adults on the infamous marijuana holiday of 4/20. While it is perfectly legal to enjoy the festivities, our experienced attorneys also know that Proposition 64 is not a free pass on all pot-related activities. Before imbibing in a safe and responsible way, keep in mind the laws remaining on the books per the CA Health and Safety Code, Division 10, Ch. 6, Article 2 could still result in criminal charges or civil citations. The following is a list of a few major restrictions to keep in mind when enjoying the perks of recreational marijuana in California: Public consumption: It is still generally illegal to ingest, smoke, or vaporize weed in a public place. There are some exceptions for state-licensed facilities with permission from local governments. Further, any non-smoking area is also off limits for smoking or vaporizing marijuana. It is also….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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"Does medical marijuana decrease opioid use or boost it?"

The title of this post is the title of this effective new WonkBlog piece by Keith Humphreys, which makes these important points: Studies conducted at the state level show that expanding access to medical marijuana is correlated with lower rates of opioid misuse and overdose. Yet studies of individuals show…<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MarijuanaLaw/~4/dv1QKEe6urY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Senate Minority Leader to introduce bill to deschedule marijuana

Vice News has this notable new story under the headline "Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce bill to 'decriminalize' marijuana." Here are the details: In an exclusive interview with VICE News, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) confirmed he is putting his name on legislation that he said is aimed at “decriminalizing” marijuana…<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/MarijuanaLaw/~4/-YZnTuVtInk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>.. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Please Join The HLP at the 2018 Physicians Legal Issues Conference

Please Join The HLP at the 2018 Physicians Legal Issues Conference in Chicago, Illinois The Health Law Partners (HLP) is proud to be part of the upcoming Physician Legal Issues Conference co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Health Law Section and Chicago Medical Society.  The conference will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago on June 7-9, 2018.  Adrienne Dresevic, Esq., a founding partner of the HLP, is Co-Chairing the conference this year.  Jessica Gustafson, Esq., a founding partner of the HLP, will be a featured speaker at the conference. Ms. Gustafson’s speech is titled, Will Medicare Revoke Your Billing Privileges? Don’t Answer “No” Too Quickly.  Her session addresses key issues for providers and suppliers facing revocation of billing privileges, including: an overview of CMS’s revocation authority, how CMS is using this authority against provider and suppliers, and strategies for appealing….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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