Dan Frith

Doctor Alleged to have Billed for Multiple Surgeries at the same time

Can a doctor bill Medicare and Medicaid for multiple surgeries performed at the same time?  First, I don’t want my surgeon operating on me and other patients at the same time.  I prefer he/she concentrate on performing my surgery safely and correctly.  But, my concerns aside, can surgeons get away with this practice?  The answer

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Doctors and Fraudulent Billing

There are three main funding sources for health care in the United States: the government, private health insurers and individuals.  However, in 2018, 34 percent of Americans received their health care via government insurance or direct public provision…we are primarily talking about Medicare and Medicaid.  Both Medicare and Medicaid are funded by your tax dollars. Doctors

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Medical Malpractice and Doctor Death

I know my perspective is somewhat warped (no one comes to our office to tell us what a great doctor they have or how wonderful their local hospital is).  But, my wife and I started watching Dr. Death on Peacock last night and it is excellent!  I think we have even had cases against a

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President Biden, the Federal Trade Commission, and Non-Compete Contracts

I have shared my bias before…I dislike non-compete and non-solicitation contracts with a passion.  They unfairly prevent an employee from using his/her skills and knowledge to earn a living and feed their family.  Even more, these restrictive employment provisions are bad for our economy and American innovation. My home state of Virginia passed a new

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Robotic Surgery: Is it worth it?

For the last 10 years many hospitals and surgery practices have promoted to the world that they use robots in surgery. There are many surgeries in which a robot may be used including gall bladder removal (cholecystectomy),  hysterectomies, kidney removal, hernia repairs, hip replacements, and on and on.  What are we told about the advantages

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Medical Malpractice and Whistleblower Claims

Our law firm has a fairly unique practice…we represent patients in medical malpractice cases against health care providers and whistleblower cases on behalf of honest folks who report cases of financial and billing fraud.  I recently learned of a case which deals with both issues: a whistleblower on illegal kickbacks for unnecessary back surgeries. South

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High Blood Press and Stroke: A Dangerous Combination

Your total blood pressure reading is determined by measuring your systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Systolic blood pressure, the top number, measures the force your heart exerts on the walls of your arteries each time it beats. Diastolic blood pressure, the bottom number, measures the force your heart exerts on the walls of your arteries

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Medication Errors by Pharmacists

I watched NBC Nightly News on the evening of March 16 and a story caught my attention.  The report, seen here beginning at the 16:15 minute mark, was about the stresses placed on pharmacists. The story focuses on a pharmacist with 14 years of experience and how employers (CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens were mentioned as

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Allergists and Fraud: A Dangerous Combination

An allergist is a physician specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage allergies and asthma.  In this area of Virginia, with untold numbers of trees, flowers, and grasses, their services are in high demand. Just getting an appointment with an allergist is almost impossible and the first available appointment is often months away.  So why

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How Does your Hospital Stack Up?

I have written blogs before about how to find a good doctor in Virginia.  Click here. Now I want to talk about finding a good hospital in Virginia.  Of course you want a good doctor to provide you or your family with great care but what about the nursing staff and other considerations which might

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