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Vascular Solutions Inc. and its CEO Face Criminal Charges for Selling Unapproved Medical Devices

Last week, the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an indictment charging Vascular Solutions Inc. (VSI) and its CEO Howard Root with (1) selling medical devices without the approval of the U.S. Food...more

U.S. Accuses NYC of Massive Fraud in Program for Developmentally Challenged Toddlers

It’s the city that never sleeps. So when it does something, it can do it in a big way. That applies to Medicaid fraud, according to a suit filed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York....more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update -- Recent Developments and Unsealed Cases: September 2013

Trends and Analysis - ..We have identified 24 health care-related qui tam cases unsealed since last month’s Qui Tam Update. Of those, only 2 were filed in 2013. Nearly half were filed before 2011. ..Among the 24...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recent Developments and Unsealed Cases

Trends and Analysis: ..We have identified 20 health care-related qui tam cases unsealed in July 2013. About a quarter of those were filed in 2013. ..Among the cases unsealed in July, the government has declined to...more

Nurse Anne Mitchell’s Whistleblowing Almost Blew Out Whistleblowing in Texas

The Winkler County nurses trials began with two nurses, Anne Mitchell and Vicki Galle, filing an anonymous complaint with the Texas Medical Board regarding the substandard care provided by Dr. Rolando Arafiles Jr. When...more

CMS Proposes to Increase Awards for Non-Qui Tam Whistleblowers

CMS wants to change the way that it rewards non-qui tam whistleblowers who report alleged fraudulent or unlawful conduct related to Medicare or Medicaid. Using an IRS program as a model, CMS recently proposed rule changes to...more

Shorts on Long Term Care - August 2012: Heck No, I Won’t Go

My office phone rings and it’s one of my favorite clients. We just finished working on an appeal of a resident discharge and were expecting the Division of Medical Assistance hearing officer decision any day. I felt pretty...more

New Laws for 2012

As the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, more than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois including a database of first-degree murderers, stricter seat-belt enforcement and legislation that gives the public...more

New Jersey False Claims Act Is Not Retroactive

Qui tam claims by whistleblowers or relators are most commonly brought under the federal False Claims Act for 15-30% of whatever funds the Government recoups from Medicare fraud as an example. Yet, some states have legislated...more

Health Headlines - March 21, 2011

In This Issue: - Recent Prosecutions Reflect Heightened Focus by Regulators on Individual Liability of Healthcare Executives - HHS Proposes to Allow State Data Mining for Medicaid Fraud - Eleventh Circuit...more

Pfizer Agrees to First Neurontin Lawsuit Settlement

Pfizer, the manufacturer of the epilepsy medication Neurontin has been involved in many claims by plaintiffs who blame the drug for creating suicidal tendencies. One such lawsuit, by a Massachusetts’ man’s survivors, has just...more

Ninth Circuit Overturns Attorney Fee Award Against the Government

Court finds that the government did not act frivolously in conducting a factual investigation In U.S.. v. Capener, 2010 DJDAR 392 (2010) the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, overturned a fee award, rendered...more

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