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Record $17M Settlement Of False Claims Act Lawsuit Alleging Doctor Kickbacks

Hailed as “another achievement” for the government’s Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (referred to as “HEAT”), the U.S. Department of Justice has announced that a Florida skilled nursing company and...more

OIG Announces New Penalty and Exclusion Litigation Team to ‘Level the Playing Field’

The federal government’s health care fraud enforcement efforts expanded this week with an announcement by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that it has created a...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

It's Time to Bill Medicare: Do You Know Where Your Physicians Are?

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently reported that Medicare contractors overpaid physicians $33.4 million in incorrectly coded physician services between January 2010 and...more

Blog: OIG Reports Targeting Medicare Part D Fraud Issued on the Heels of National Medicare Fraud Sweep

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released two reports yesterday related to Medicare Part D fraud. The OIG report, Ensuring the Integrity of Medicare Part D, “synthesizes numerous OIG...more

U.S. Judge Limits False Claims Act Claims Involving Vague Medicare Regulations

A Missouri federal judge has issued a summary judgment order that could serve as an important limitation on the U.S. Department of Justice’s expanding use of the False Claims Act and penalties aimed at recovering funds from...more

OIG Fraud Alert Serves as Stern Warning to Physicians Regarding Compensation Arrangements

Emphasizing its continued focus on physician compensation arrangements, the OIG issued a Fraud Alert on June 9, 2015, warning that physicians risk significant penalties if medical directorships and other compensation...more

Miami Nursing Home To Pay Record $17M in Whistleblower Suit

A Miami-based nursing home network agreed Tuesday to pay a record $17 million to settle a False Claims Act suit brought by its former CFO, accusing it of running a kickback scheme. The case is United States of America et al...more

Largest Criminal Health Care Fraud Takedown – 243 Charged and $712 Million in False Billings

On June 18, 2015, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell and DOJ Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced nationwide arrests in Medicare fraud schemes amounting to approximately $712 million in false billings. Attorney General...more

Bipartisan Spotlight on Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment Fraud Likely to Spur Audits

Potential fraud and abuse in the Medicare Advantage Program (“MA Program”) has become the focus of two senior-ranking Senators on each side of the aisle—Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)—and this attention...more

The False Claims Act – the Basics Every Provider Should Know, Part Two

FCA penalties are harsh, as they are designed to truly deter attempts to defraud the federal government. The penalty for an FCA violation begins with treble damages, requiring the offender to pay three times the amount of the...more

The False Claims Act – the Basics Every Provider Should Know, Part One

The federal False Claims Act (“FCA”)casts an incredibly long shadow, covering every transaction between the federal government and a private party seeking payment from it. Enacted at the height of the Civil War in 1863, the...more

OIG Warns: "Physician Compensation Arrangements May Result in Significant Liability"

On June 9, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services issued a Fraud Alert warning that physicians who enter into compensation arrangements must ensure those arrangements...more

Provider Alleges Retaliatory Use of Medicare Payment Suspension

A federal court has ordered discovery regarding the circumstances of a Medicare payment suspension by CMS only one week after failed settlement negotiations between a cardiology practice and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to...more

Employing Excluded Individuals a Continuing Risk to Providers

Since June 1st, two different skilled nursing facilities in Texas have settled cases with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) involving the employment of individuals...more

GAO Calls for Tighter Medicaid Fraud Controls

A recent GAO review of Medicaid claims in four selected states (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, and New Jersey) discovered that thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries and hundreds of providers were involved in potentially improper...more

District Court Holds False Claims Act Applies to Employee Allegedly Terminated for Engaging in Protected Activity Against...

In a matter of first impression, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Cestra v. Mylan Inc. No. 15-0873 (E.D. Pa., May 22, 2015) held that the antiretaliation provision of the False Claims Act...more

Blog: Key Takeaways from Government Enforcement Panel at ACI Sunshine Conference

Recently, representatives from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, and Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) for the Office of...more

What Is Your Fraud Rank?

On June 2, 2015, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provided direction to state Medicaid Directors on the implementation of Section 6401 of the Affordable Care Act, Provider Screening and Other Enrollment...more

Department of Justice Takes Active Role in Lawsuit Against Nursing Home Chain

For the past six years, the Ohio-based nursing home chain HCR ManorCare has been embroiled in a whistleblower lawsuit featuring allegations that the company systematically overbilled Medicare and often put its residents...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: June 2015

Trends & Analysis: ..We have identified 33 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed in whole or in part since the cases covered in our last Qui Tam Update. In addition, we have also identified one case...more

State of Florida to Award Low-THC Cannabis Dispensing Organization Licenses After Judge Dismisses Final Pending Challenge to...

The Florida Department of Health will soon be accepting applications from organizations interested in cultivating and distributing low-THC cannabis in the state after an administrative law judge dismissed the final pending...more

Supreme Court Decides Qui Tam First-to-File Issues

Whether you are on the defense side or the relator side of the qui tam world, you can count the Supreme Court’s opinion in Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex. Rel. Carter as a win and a loss. Since...more

Supreme Court Says Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act Does Not Toll the False Claims Act's Statute of Limitations

In a unanimous Supreme Court decision issued May 26, 2015, Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Carter (KBR), Case No. 12-1497, the United States Supreme Court addressed two significant False Claims...more

Blog: Expansion of State False Claims Acts Continues

On May 19, 2015, Vermont’s governor signed into law a state false claims act that largely mirrors the federal False Claims Act, including the ability of a qui tam relator to bring an action on behalf of the state. Vermont...more

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