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Recent Significant Case Law Developments Regarding What Constitutes a Reckless Interpretation of a Law and When Retention of an...

Key Points: - Learn the latest case law developments regarding what evidence the government or the relator must establish to prove that the defendant “recklessly” interpreted a statute or regulation in violation of the...more

Insights Conversations: How Government Health Care Investigations May Be Shifting

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has long had the advantage when investigating False Claims Act (FCA) cases against health care companies. However, recent changes in the courts, including a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court...more

Update on First 60-Day Case

A settlement was reached on August 23, 2016, in U.S. ex rel. Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc., et al., No. 11 CIV. 2325 (ER) (SDNY), a little over one year after the judge in that case issued the first judicial interpretation of the...more

First Circuit Adopts “Arm of the State” Test to Affirm Dismissal of FCA Complaint

In January 2016 in a matter of first impression, the First Circuit held that the University of Massachusetts Medical School is a state agency, and therefore not a “person” subject to liability in a False Claims Act (“FCA”)...more

Health Law Pulse - September 2016

DOJ, NY AG REACH SETTLEMENT WITH HOSPITALS IN LANDMARK 60 - DAY RULE CASE - On August 24, 2016, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the New York State attorney general announced a $2.95 million...more

The Materiality Standard In False Claims Actions

The Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar on June 16, 2016 in which it ruled the implied false certification theory, previously recognized in several circuits, can form the basis for False...more

US Supreme Court False Claims Act Decision in Escobar Has Significant Implications for Contractors

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the matter of Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016), changing the legal landscape for False Claims Act qui tam claims...more

False Claims Act Cases: With No End In Sight, Why You Should Consider Litigating And How To Maximize Your Litigation Advantages

Over the past few years, the government’s emphasis on conducting fraud and abuse investigations – especially in the healthcare industry – has resulted in scores of settlements and billions of dollars paid to the government...more

Don’t Discount the Government’s Recent Statement of Interest in False Claims Act Case

On August 8, 2016, the U.S. government filed a Statement of Interest in an ongoing False Claims Act (FCA)/Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) case, U.S. ex rel. Herman v. Coloplast Corp., No. 1:11-cv-12131 (D....more

What’s In a Name? Or, the Importance of Emphasis

I.A. Khair of New Jersey ran an ambulance company called K&S Invalid Coach. Presumably, “Invalid” was pronounced IN-va-lid, with the emphasis on the first syllable. Maybe it should have been pronounced in-VAL-id, with the...more

CMS Audit Practices: How false can you get?

Caring Hearts Personal Home Care Services provided physical therapy and skilled nursing services to homebound Medicare patients. During an audit, CMS determined that Caring Hearts provided services to patients who didn’t...more

Pratt's Government Contracting Law Report

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the “implied certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act, while emphasizing that only material misrepresentations are actionable. In this...more

Health Care Market Intelligence: Post-Acute Care Summary Report - Q2 2016

Key Findings - - CMS proposed an $800-million Medicare payment increase for SNFs in FY 2017, a 2.1% increase from this year, while hospice payments would rise by $330 million, or 2%. Home healthcare agencies may see a...more

July 2016: Product Liability Update

Curbing False Claims Act Liability for Off-Label Promotion. As class actions have become harder to certify following Wal-Mart v. Dukes and Comcast v. Behrend, the plaintiffs’ bar has increasingly turned to qui tam litigation...more

Bankruptcy Courts Lack Subject Matter Jurisdiction Over Medicare Issues, Eleventh Circuit Rules

In a detailed opinion that likely constitutes the last word on the matter, the Eleventh Circuit recently held in Fla. Agency for Health Care Administration v. Bayou Shores SNF, LLC that bankruptcy courts lack jurisdiction...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Implied Certification Using a Fact-Intensive Materiality Standard

The legal landscape for False Claim Act (“FCA”) cases recently shifted when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel Escobar, No. 15-7, 2016 WL 3317565 (U.S....more

Aveta And The Use Of Confidential Info In FCA Cases

In a recent case in the District of Puerto Rico, United States ex rel. Valdez v. Aveta Inc., et al., No. 15-cv-01140-CCC (D.P.R.), the former president of Puerto Rican-based managed health care provider Aveta Inc., Jose...more

Flying Pigs and False Claims

On July 7 the Fourth Circuit invoked Flying Pigs to vacate a lower federal court judgment in a Medicaid false claim case, even though neither the lower court nor any of the parties asked it to. The case started in 2007,...more

Department of Justice Imposes Almost 100% Increase in Minimum and Maximum Monetary Penalties Under FCA

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced an interim final rule almost doubling per-claim penalties under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The FCA still imposes treble damages for government losses in...more

Another Court Rejects Statistical Sampling and Rules That Difference of Opinion About Hospice Eligibility Is Insufficient for...

Back in March of this year, in U.S. ex rel. Paradies v. AseraCare, Inc., a district court in Alabama granted summary judgment to a defendant hospice finding that an expert physician’s disagreement with a certifying...more

Materiality Is the New Condition of Payment: The Implied False Certification Theory After Escobar

The Supreme Court has made it clear that, even at the pleadings stage, relators (or the government) must plead facts to support materiality with plausibility and particularity. For False Claims Act (FCA) defendants who...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal For CVS Caremark Under Public Disclosure Bar

The FCA’s public disclosure bar precludes liability when a relator’s allegations have been publicly disclosed in a list of statutorily enumerated sources. Last week, the First Circuit added to the growing jurisprudence both...more

Risk and Uncertainty for Health Care Providers and Government Contractors in the Wake of Universal Health Services v. Escobar

The Supreme Court’s decision in the closely watched case of Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, decided on June 16, 2016, provides a long-awaited interpretation of the False Claims Act (“FCA”)...more

HHS Proposes Significant Changes to ALJ Hearing Procedures

HHS announced a Proposed Rule on July 5, 2016 aimed at reducing the backlog of appeals at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) and Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) for Medicare payment and coverage...more

Implied False Certification Theory Expands FCA Claims

In an interesting and significant case, Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar1, the United States Supreme Court was presented with the question of whether companies could be held liable for False...more

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