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Health Care E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

An often overlooked and under publicized provision of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) is the retaliatory discharge prohibition. This is probably because retaliatory discharge claims do not grab headlines by winning multimillion...more

DOJ vs. OIG: Analysis of Recently Issued Federal Compliance Documents

by Polsinelli on

Within just weeks of each other, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued separate documents that health care organizations may use to...more

Health Care Perspectives

With deep experience in the health care industry and a comprehensive understanding of its diverse participants, Katten attorneys serve as conference moderators and panelists, host accredited events, and produce webinars to...more

The Downside of the Advice-of-Counsel Defense

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Intent is a necessary element of a False Claims Act (FCA) violation. If a defendant reasonably relied on advice of counsel in performing the actions at issue, the intent element is absent. That’s the upside of the...more

CMS Give Clinical Labs Reporting Deadline Extension

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Clinical laboratories have until May 30, 2017 to make required reports to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) regarding payment rates paid by private payors for certain diagnostic tests and the volume of such...more

Five Trends in False Claims Act Enforcement: Take Two

In July 2015, we posted about the N.Y. Attorney General’s False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with Trinity HomeCare and its related entities, and how the case provided insight into the future of FCA enforcement. We identified...more

Can Overpayments Create Criminal Liability?

by Ruder Ware on

We hear a lot about potential liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) for the failure to repay overpayments within 60 days of discovery. Focus on the 60-day rule has taken focus away from the potential for criminal charges...more

Western Pennsylvania Hospital Stark/Whistleblower/False Claims Case Provides Real World Guidance For Medical Directors’ Contracts

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Emanuele v. Medicor Associates, was presented to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as cross motions for summary judgment, and provides some guidance regarding the Stark requirements for...more

Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce the release of its fifth annual Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016. The Review, compiled by the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force, is an industry-leading guide to healthcare...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Cases

by Jones Day on

The Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two False Claims Act ("FCA") cases brought by private relators against insurance and other companies based on the alleged failure to reimburse the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

ASLMS Annual Meeting Special Coverage: Legal and Compliance Issues Impacting Medical Practices Using Laser Technology

by Ruder Ware on

Medical practices that routinely use laser technology are subject to some of the same legal issues as other types of practices. Use of lasers creates additional compliance issues and highlights certain compliance risk areas....more

2017 Brings Big Changes for Off-Campus Provider-Based Facilities

by Williams Mullen on

Historically, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reimbursed items and services furnished by provider-based departments (PBDs), both on and off campus, under the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective...more

A “Change of Heart” in a Health Care Fraud Prosecution - Inconsistent angiogram interpretations establish reasonable doubt in...

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky reversed the October 27, 2016 criminal jury verdict against Kentucky cardiologist Dr. Richard E. Paulus, and acquitted him on all counts of health...more

CMS now auditing Section 5503 slot awards

by Dentons on

Section 5503 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) required CMS to redistribute 65 percent of each teaching hospital's unused direct graduate medical education (DGME) and indirect medical education (IME) slots to other teaching...more

Effective Internal Compliance Programs

by Bryan Cave on

Effective compliance programs continue to gain importance. Across all industries, it is imperative that meaningful compliance programs are in place and that they are regularly assessed to account for new risks and changes in...more

Provider Beware: MACRA Implementation Fraught with Fraud and Abuse Implications

by Carlton Fields on

Although the fate of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and the mandatory alternative payment models thereunder face threat of repeal under Republican leadership, the Medicare Access and Chip...more

Three Recent Fraud Cases Involving Dermatologists Illustrate Primary Compliance Risks in Dermatology Practices

by Ruder Ware on

Three relatively recent cases involving dermatology billing practices illustrate some of the main compliance risks faced by dermatology practices...more

Jurisdiction to Freeze Assets but Not to Thaw Them

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A recent Fourth Circuit opinion in a False Claims Act case demonstrates that while the government can freeze defendants’ assets before trial with lightning speed, getting them unfrozen can take anywhere from many years to...more

No “Relaxed” Pleading Standards for False Claims Act Relators, Says Sixth Circuit

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In United States ex rel. Hirt v. Walgreen Company, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a pharmacy owner’s False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit because he failed to plead his...more

This Month in Corruption: Smuggled Drugs, Bogus Billing, Tampered Equipment

by PretiFlaherty on

Wrong Way to Keep Prisoners in Line. The office of William D. Weinreb, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, announced March 3 that two former corrections officers at the Essex County Correctional facility...more

Seventh Circuit Grants Interlocutory Appeal in Rx Discount Program Qui Tam Suit to Answer Several Important Questions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In United States ex rel. Garbe v. Kmart Co., 824 F.3d 632 (7th Cir. 2016), the Seventh Circuit granted interlocutory appeal following numerous motions for partial summary judgment to consider four questions: (1) whether the...more

Escobar's Impact: Recent Application of "Materiality" in Ninth Circuit

Last year, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar (Escobar), 136 S.Ct. 1989 (2016), creating important implications for Federal False Claims Act (FCA) cases...more

The Siege Continues: The Justice Department is Investigating Four Additional Medicare Advantage Plans

In our prior blog post, we reported that, at the request of the federal Department of Justice, the FCA qui tam whistleblower lawsuit in the case of United States ex rel Benjamin Poehling v. United HealthGroup, Inc., et. al....more

Percentage-Based Billing Contracts Violate Medicaid Regulations and May Constitute Improper Fee-Splitting

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MCFU) of the New York State Office of the Attorney General has recently issued restitution demand letters to providers for allegedly entering into percentage-based contracts with their billing...more

Federal district court interprets Stark Laws writing requirement

by Dentons on

On March 15, 2017, the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, ruling on cross motions for summary judgment in U.S. ex rel. Tullio Emanuele v. Medicor Associates Inc. et al., provided the first...more

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