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Buy High, Sell Low, and Restrict Competition: The Allegations Underlying the Government’s Case Against DaVita and the Implications...

On October 22, DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., one of the nation’s largest dialysis companies, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Total Renal Care, Inc. (collectively, “DaVita”), agreed to pay $389 Million to settle...more

6 Questions To Ask Before An Internal Investigation

Every company, large or small, will eventually face a problem that requires an internal investigation. Boiled to its essence, an internal investigation is really nothing more than a way to obtain information to avoid or solve...more

GAO Takes Aim at GPOs

The GAO had drawn a bead on GPOs. In a report issued yesterday the Government Accountability Office expressed concern over the effect of GPOs (group purchasing organizations) on Medicare rates. The report recommended that...more

Government turns up the heat with the False Claims Act – 5 action steps for healthcare providers

Forbes magazine has dubbed 2014 “The Year of the Whistleblower.” For healthcare providers, this designation has translated into millions of dollars in fines and penalties and the initiation of criminal investigations. ...more

A Cautionary Tale for Companies With Potential False Claims Act Exposure

A False Claims Act suit can be a company’s worst nightmare, as it may potentially result in large settlements and awards on account of the statute’s trebled damages provision. However, the nightmare for AmerisourceBergen was...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

Privilege Upheld for Internal Investigation Preceding False Claims Act Litigation

The D.C. Circuit recently issued an important decision upholding the attorney-client privilege to protect corporate internal investigations. In re: Kellogg Brown & Root, No. 14-5055, 2014 BL 180217 (D.C. Cir. June 27, 2014). ...more

Court Orders Tuomey to Pay $237 Million for Violations of Stark and False Claims Act

On October 2, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina issued an Amended Order and Opinion directing the entry of a civil judgment against Tuomey Health Care System (Tuomey) in the amount of...more

"Health Care Enforcement Update: What Is in Store for the Next Five Years"

While predicting enforcement trends over the next five years is not without uncertainty, the best marker for future activity may be to look to the past. We believe that industry members and counsel can expect the Department...more

Updated OIG Exclusion Guidance Spells Out Recommended Employee Screening Procedures

On May 8, 2013, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published an updated bulletin that spells out the frequency with which employers should check the OIG’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities and clarifies which...more

Healthcare Providers And Self-Disclosure Of Violations

The healthcare industry has a long history of innovative compliance policies and strategies. ...more

2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series, Part V: Compliance

Bill Mathias of Ober|Kaler's Health Law Group presented on compliance as a part of the 2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series sponsored by the American Health Lawyers Association. This webinar...more

A “Stark” Result for South Carolina Hospital: Stark Law Violations May Cost Up to $357 Million in Penalties

After a four-week retrial, a federal jury concluded on May 8, 2013 that Tuomey Healthcare System (Tuomey) violated both the Stark Law and the False Claims Act (FCA). The jury determined that Tuomey violated the Stark Law by...more

PODs Beware: OIG Releases Special Fraud Alert

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a Special Fraud Alert on March 26, 2013 warning that physician-owned distributorships (PODs) are "inherently suspect" under the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Generally...more

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

340B Drug Pricing Program: Recent Developments

The 340B Drug Pricing Program (340B Program) continues to undergo a period of intense scrutiny and debate over how compliance with program rules is enforced. As previously reported in the May 30, 2012 edition of Foley’s Legal...more

D.C. District Court Again Rules That Bad Debt at a Collection Agency is Allowable

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia recently ruled, again, that a Medicare contractor is not permitted to disallow Medicare bad debts solely on the ground that the bad debt is still at an outside...more

No Sale -- Sales Commissions Violate Anti-Kickback Statute; Prevent Enforcement of Nonsolicitation

A durable medical equipment (DME) distributor, Joint Technology, Inc., entered into an agreement to pay a salesman commissions ranging from 18 to 22 percent on the volume of his sales. The court held that the salesman did not...more

Insurance Coverage for Healthcare False Claims Act, Stark, and HIPAA/HITECH Government Investigations

Federal enforcement of False Claims Act (FCA), Stark anti-kickback, and HIPAA/HITECH claims against healthcare companies continues to rise rapidly. FCA recoveries by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) exceeded $9.5 billion...more

Los Angeles Battle Over Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Costs Boils Over

There’s a dust up occurring between the City of Los Angeles and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (“Great Basin”). What’s the dust up about? Dust! Yes, even something as naturally occurring and...more

Healthcare Companies Need to Update Compliance

The Supreme Court’s decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act increased compliance responsibilities for healthcare companies. The ACA amended the False Claims Act (FCA), which was amended in 2009 in the Fraud...more

The Six Most Significant Recent Amendments to the False Claims Act

If you do business with the government (e.g. defense industry or health care), your greatest risk is the False Claims Act. The United States government is the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services. The...more

OFCCP Rescinds Directive 293 Regarding Jurisdiction Over Health Care Providers and Insurers

The United States Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has rescinded Directive 293, Coverage of Health Care Providers and Insurers, which outlined OFCCP policy for determining whether...more

Health Law Alert: Participants in Medicare Part C and Part D May Now Be Considered Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

Recently, health care providers have been targeted by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), which has taken the position that participants in Medicare Part C and D are now federal contractors and may be...more

OIG Publishes Fiscal Year 2012 Work Plan

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its work plan for the 2012 fiscal year in which it described its primary objectives for the year. We identify below, by...more

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