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OMB Reviewing New Final Rule on ACO Waivers

Joint waivers issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) relating the application of the physician self-referral law, the Federal anti-kickback statute, and...more

West Coast States Bolster Momentum for Pharmacist Provider Status Reforms

In recent years, legislative reforms have been introduced that recognize pharmacists as reimbursement-eligible providers under government-funded health care programs. While these efforts have attracted significant media and...more

When a Violation of a Rule or Regulation Becomes an FCA Violation: Understanding the Distinction Between Conditions of Payment and...

If you read one thing… - The False Claims Act’s (FCA) language, structure, court precedent and purpose limit its application to only regulatory breaches that are conditions of payment and not conditions of...more

CMS Releases Proposed Rule Reforming Medicare CLFS Payment Rates

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a proposed rule [CMS-1621-P] in accordance with Section 216 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (“PAMA”), which establishes a new payment methodology...more

Huge Stark Law Hospital Settlements and Physician Culpability - The New Normal Post-Tuomey?

After the federal government’s victory against Tuomey Hospital, we have seen an increasing number of large False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with hospitals involving Stark Law allegations. Relators are even citing, as...more

Medicare GME payments and hospital mergers: A hotbed of issues

Many hospital sale and affiliation transactions involve teaching hospitals. Whether the teaching hospital involved is new to training residents or is part of a long-established teaching program, the parties will need to work...more

Broward Health Wins Most-Illegal-Physician-Comp

Okay, there’s not really a Most-Illegal-Physician-Compensation Prize. But if there were, Florida’s North Broward Hospital District would have won in a walk. That’s why the district has agreed to pay the government $69.5...more

Prosecuting Doctors for Medicare Fraud

Federal prosecutors have turned their attention to physicians for Medicare fraud prosecution. Physicians who participate in the Medicare program have to be aware of the significant risks of Medicare fraud....more

Proposed Changes to Stark Rule Would Create New Hospital Exceptions and Lessen Burden of Self-Disclosures

In a development that is limited in scope but still welcomed by hospitals, the proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule proposes a number of new exceptions to the physician self-referral or Stark law and other refinements that...more

CMS Releases Data Regarding Hospital and Physician Utilization

CMS recently announced that it would be releasing Medicare hospital utilization and payment data, as well as physician and supplier utilization and payment data. This is the third year that the hospital data has been released...more

DOJ Hires Compliance Counsel to Aid in Charging Decisions

In today’s robust enforcement climate, most companies have taken at least the first steps towards establishing a formal corporate compliance program. The mere existence of such a program, however, will not by itself protect a...more

The Clock’s Running Fast: SDNY Is First to Interpret “Identification” Under the FCA’s “60-Day Rule” for Government Overpayments

On August 3, 2015, in United States ex rel. Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc., et al., No. 1:11-cv-02325 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 3, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued the first reported...more

Defrauding Medicare — A Little Help from the Private Sector?

The headline on Medicare last week was astounding — $60 billion (not million) was lost each year to Medicare fraud, large numbers of fraudulent providers were providing fake or bad addresses – meaning locations including...more

MSSP Final Rule Adopts All Proposed Additional Program Requirements and Beneficiary Protections Provisions

This is the sixth post in Health Care Law Today’s series on the final rule. This post addresses additional program requirements and beneficiary protections. The Medicare Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”) final rule...more

CMS Proposes Significant Revisions to Requirements that Long Term Care Facilities Must Meet to Participate in Medicare and...

On July 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to revise the requirements that skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes must satisfy to participate...more

Lack of Materiality as a Defense in False Claims Act Cases

The False Claims Act (the “Act”) imposes liability on those who “’knowingly’ present, or cause to be presented, ‘a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval’” to the government. Persons who act in “deliberate...more

Recent DOJ and OIG Actions Show Growing Federal Scrutiny of Physician Financial Arrangements

Over the last month the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have each taken actions that suggest an increasing appetite to examine the financial...more

Healthcare Compliance Programs to Avoid a False Claims Act Case

You can always count on lawyers to ring alarm belles and warn businesses. The line between accurate reporting and fear-mongering sometimes blurs when lawyers write so-called “alerts” to inform businesses of new or increasing...more

Managing Institutional Risk: Fraud-Proofing Your Organization

In this presentation: - Top 5 Fraud and Abuse Risks Facing Health Systems - Results of Enforcement Action - Top 5 Steps Health Systems Can Take To Minimize Fraud & Abuse Risk - Non-Compliant...more

State May Not Disclose Trade Secrets Submitted as Part of RFP Response

If you have ever agonized about whether to include certain confidential business information in a bid for a state contract in New Hampshire because of concerns that your competitors might get their hands on it, you should...more

OIG Provides Additional Compliance Guidance for Healthcare Governing Boards

On April 20, 2015, the HHS Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG), in collaboration with the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA), and the Health Care Compliance...more

Circuit Court Provides Clarification of Pleading Standards in FCA Cases - The Court's Holding Details Requirements for Alleging...

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals case from the Seventh Circuit has brought further insight into the heightened pleading standard required under the False Claims Act (FCA). The case, Thulin v. Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC,...more

60 Day Rule

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“ACA”) requires a provider of services, supplier, Medicaid Managed Care Organization, Medicare Advantage Organization, or Prescription Drug Plan Sponsor receiving an...more

Anti-Kickback and Stark Law: Pitfalls and Problems

When you think your life is tough in the FCPA compliance arena, just remember you could be head of compliance for a pharmaceutical company or hospital responsible for domestic anti-kickback and Stark law compliance....more

Catching Up on the False Claims Act

From a corporate risk perspective, if your company is in the financial industry, healthcare, or defense industry, your greatest legal and compliance risk has to be the False Claims Act....more

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