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Torts – Effect of The Howell Decision on Liens Brought Under The Hospital Lien Act

Dameron Hospital Association v. AAA Northern California, Nevada, and Utah Insurance Exchange et al. - California Court Of Appeal, Third Appellate District (September 4, 2014) - In Howell v. Hamilton Meats (...more

Penalty for Employer Missed COBRA Notice Affirmed

Almost two years ago I blogged about a federal district court decision from Alabama that imposed a penalty of $37,950 ($75 a day) on an employer that failed to provide a COBRA notice for a dental plan to a former employee....more

Insurers, Be Ready To Pay Twice In Texas

Often, an insurance carrier will issue a check to two joint payees — the named insured and either a public adjuster or a mortgagee. What happens when the one payee cashes the check without first obtaining a signature from the...more

New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division rules that physicians’ damages for breach of contract with hospital are limited to...

The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division recently ruled that the damages a physician-independent contractor can recover are limited to those sustained during a notice period in the physician’s contract. The decision...more

California Court Dismisses CMIA Claim Based on Possession of Stolen Medical Data

A health organization narrowly averted paying a potential $4 billion in damages under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) for losing the medical records of more than 4 million patients. Plaintiffs...more

Health Care Provider Personally Liable for $1.1 Million Due to Improper Payroll Deductions from Foreign National Employees

The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit has found the owner of a medical clinic personally liable for a $1.1 million award for back pay and fines because H-1B visa and J-1 waiver fees were deducted from the pay of...more

7th Circ. Limits FCA 'Worthless Services' Theory

On Aug. 20, 2014, the Seventh Circuit struck another blow against relators’ and the federal government’s increasingly aggressive False Claims Act theories of liability. Rejecting the relators’ use of the “worthless services”...more

Health Law Blog: CMS Offers Settlement to Hospitals for Resolving Patient Status Denials

On September 9, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a conference call with providers and other interested parties regarding CMS’s recent offer to resolve any acute care or critical access hospitals’...more

Eighth Circuit Decision Tilts Rule 9(b) Split toward Whistleblowers

Last Friday’s Eighth Circuit decision in Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland favored the whistleblower in the ongoing controversy over specificity requirements in False Claims Act actions. The split had been even...more

Government Issues New Rules for Religious Employers, But Health Plans, TPAs, and PBMs are still on the Hook to Provide...

The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requires that non-grandfathered health plans make preventive care and screenings available to their members at no cost (i.e. no deductibles, coinsurance, or co-payments). The Department of...more

Hospital Recovers Income Guarantee Payments from Suspended Physician

It should come as no surprise there are cases in which hospitals seek to and actually do recover income guarantee payments made to physicians whom, either through termination of employment or loss of hospital privileges, fail...more

Health Care Providers: Five Actions to Help You Avoid Qui Tam Lawsuits

2013 proved to be another record-setting year for False Claims Act lawsuits, the largest of these recoveries related to health care fraud. The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) secured $3.8 billion from False Claims Act...more

The Seventh Circuit Significantly Heightens the Bar for Proof in False Claims Act "Worthless Services" Cases

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently dealt a stinging blow to the False Claims Act (FCA) plaintiff's bar in United States ex. rel. Absher v. Momence Meadows Nursing Center, Inc. et al., Case...more

California Legislative Update: August 2014

AB 2074 amends Section 1194.2 of the California Labor Code to allow an employee who alleges minimum wage violations to file suit for liquidated damages any time before the expiration of the statute of limitation on the...more

Seventh Circuit Limits “Worthless Services” Theory under False Claims Act

On August 20, 2014, the Seventh Circuit struck another blow against relators’ and the federal government’s increasingly aggressive False Claims Act theories of liability. Rejecting the relators’ use of the “worthless...more

Summer Fraud and Abuse Roundup

The federal government was busy over the summer when it came to decisions and settlements under the Stark Law, anti-kickback law and federal False Claims Act. This article revisits recent developments with respect to...more

One Of The Country’s Largest Hospital Organizations to Pay $98.15 Million Settlement on False Claims Act Allegations

On Monday, August 4, 2014, The Department of Justice announced that Community Health Systems (“CHS”) agreed to pay $98.15 million to settle nine whistleblower lawsuits alleging that the company violated the False Claims Act. ...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network Affecting 4.5 Million Individuals – Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported this week that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by...more

First Circuit Liberalizes Tax Deductibility Standard of False Claims Act Settlements

Appellate court affirms $50 million tax refund to FCA defendant, holding that the “economic realities” of settlement payments determine whether they are compensatory. Civil False Claims Act (FCA) settlements, which...more

August Scam-of-the-Month Award

It turns out that back in 2011 the hospital sold the right to use its hospital billing codes to free-standing clinics. So under the arrangement, when the clinics sent bills, they were hospital bills rather than clinic bills...more

Whistleblower Receives More Than $17 Million in Omnicare Case

A decision has been made in the case against Omnicare, Inc. that will net a former Omnicare pharmacist more than $17.2 million in the ensuing settlement. The settlement with the Department of Justice orders Omnicare,...more

Court Enjoins CMS From Enforcing Dissatisfaction Requirement When a Provider’s Appeal Stems from the MAC’s Failure to Issue a...

On August 6, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia enjoined CMS, its Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), and the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) from applying the...more

First Circuit Rules in Favor of Dialysis Operator in Tax Dispute

On August 13, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a district court’s judgment in a tax dispute proceeding that Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. (Fresenius) was entitled to more than...more

Ontario Court Considers Content of Implied Duty of Good Faith in Business Negotiations

In a recent motion seeking an interlocutory injunction to restrain the sale of a business, Justice Wilton-Siegel considered the content of an implied duty of good faith. In SCM Insurance Services Inc. v. Medisys Corporate...more

First Circuit Rejects Talley and Allows a Business Expense Deduction for Settlement Payments Made Under the False Claims Act

On August 13, 2014, the United States Circuit Court for the First Circuit rejected the United States’ request to deny Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. from deducting a portion of a settlement payment to settle civil...more

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