Dennis Diaz

Dennis Diaz

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

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Department of Justice Files First False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Physician-Owned Distributorship

On Sept. 8, 2014, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a 98-page civil complaint alleging that investment returns, paid to a Michigan spinal surgeon and other physicians by a spinal implant company partially...more

9/26/2014 - Anti-Kickback Statute DOJ Enforcement Actions False Claims Act HHS Hospitals Medical Devices Medicare Physician-Owned Distributors Physicians Qui Tam

Finishing at the Top of the Class: The Risks Faced by High Achievers on the Medicare Billings List

In this increasingly competitive world, providers generally want to be at the top of almost any official ranking. CMS’s recently released list of medical groups and physicians receiving the most Medicare reimbursement dollars...more

6/26/2014 - CMS Healthcare Medicare

Influential Appeals Court Rejects Attempt by Former In-House Counsel to Use Privileged Information Against Company in...

The pool of potential qui tam relators may have just shrunk a little, based on a recent decision by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that has put the ability of in-house lawyers to become qui tam relators into serious...more

11/20/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Confidential Information Corporate Counsel Legal Ethics Qui Tam Whistleblowers

Sebelius: "Qualified Health Plans Are Not Federal Health Care Programs"

In a letter to Rep. Jim McDermott dated Oct. 30, 2013, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius clarified that qualified health plans (“QHPs”) available on the health insurance exchanges under the...more

11/6/2013 - Affordable Care Act Anti-Kickback Statute Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare HHS Kathleen Sebelius Qualified Health Plans

OIG Special Fraud Alert Labels Physician-Owned Distributorships (PODs) as “Inherently Suspect”

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (the “OIG”) issued a Special Fraud Alert (“Alert”) on March 26, underscoring its heightened focus on fraud and abuse risks posed by physician-owned...more

4/22/2013 - Anti-Kickback Statute Fraud Healthcare HHS Medical Devices OIG Physician-Owned Distributors Physicians

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