HHS OIG Releases New Compliance Program Guidance

Posted on Health Care Law News by Parker Eastin

On November 6, 2023, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a revised guide for health care compliance as part of its modernization initiative announced earlier this year. This General Compliance Program Guidance (GCPG) document is the first CPG issued since September 2008. OIG has also announced Read more →

Understanding the Implications of the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and its Florida Counterpart, the Patient Brokering Act

Posted on Health Care Law News by Erin Ferber

As a healthcare professional, it is crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and its Florida counterpart, the Patient Brokering Act (PBA). Violations of these statutes can result in severe consequences, including fines, imprisonment, exclusion from federal health care programs, and negative professional licensure implications. At Nicholson & Eastin, LLP, Read more →

Florida Board of Nursing Approves Botox Injections by Registered Nurse

Posted on Health Care Law News, Professional Licensure Investigations by Parker Eastin

In an in interesting turn of events, the Florida Board of Nursing recently issued a Declaratory Statement regarding whether a registered nurse may administer Botox injections. Based on the facts laid out in the nurse’s Petition for Declaratory Statement, the Board determined that the administration of Botox injections did fall within her scope of practice. Read more →

A Glimpse Into AHCA’s Oversight of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in Florida’s Medicaid Program

Posted on Fraud Investigation, Health Care Law News by Rachel Broughton

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is the state agency responsible for the licensure and regulation of health care providers in Florida as well as the administration and regulation of the state Medicaid program. Maintaining compliance with AHCA is extremely important for professionals in the healthcare industry and can oftentimes be challenging to navigate Read more →

Florida Board of Pharmacy Proposes Rule Change Affecting Technician to Pharmacist Ratio

Posted on Health Care Law News by Parker Eastin

The Florida Board of Pharmacy recently published a Notice of Proposed Rule that would impact the pharmacy technician-to-pharmacist ratios set by Rule 64B16-27.410, F.A.C. If approved, the amendment would allow supervising pharmacists to determine the appropriate ratio of technicians to pharmacists. The current technician-to-pharmacist ratio under the rule is generally 1:1, with some exceptions. Under Read more →