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Healthcare Fraud Initiatives in 2015

In order to predict what 2015 will look like in the war against health care fraud, it is necessary to quickly review what happened in 2014. In 2014, the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts...more

DOJ Pursuing Therapy Providers Under the FCA

As most recently spotlighted by the Department of Justice’s intervention in whistleblower claims against ManorCare, DOJ is increasing its enforcement of the False Claims Act (FCA) against therapy providers. In particular, DOJ...more

Two Laboratories Settle Claims Regarding Specimen Processing Fees

Continuing the scrutiny of laboratory arrangements with referring physician practices, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the settlement of False Claims Act allegations against two cardiovascular...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

Department of Justice Imposes More Than $110 Million in Fines on Medical Device Makers

On March 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued their joint annual report on health care fraud and abuse control. The annual report states that during fiscal year...more

3 Key Take Aways from AHLA’s Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues

Last week I attended the American Health Lawyers Association Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues in Baltimore, Maryland. Taking a comprehensive approach to reimbursement issues, the program offered a variety of...more

The Pitfalls of Settling Qui Tam Lawsuits

In a recent federal court case, the federal government and the State of California successfully enforced an oral settlement agreement of a qui tam lawsuit against a health care provider. United States v. North East Medical...more

CMS Rule on Medicare Overpayments? Don’t Hold Your Breath

Since the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a rule three years ago suggesting that providers could be liable for returning Medicare overpayments going back ten years, providers have been anxiously awaiting a...more

Narrowing Of FCA Public Disclosure Bar Continues

On Feb. 25, 2015, the Sixth Circuit became the latest federal court of appeals to weigh in on the scope of the False Claims Act’s public disclosure bar in its decision in United States ex rel. Whipple v. Chattanooga-Hamilton...more

The FCA and the Ever-Narrowing Public Disclosure Bar

On February 25, 2015, the Sixth Circuit became the latest federal court of appeals to weigh in on the scope of the False Claims Act’s (FCA) public disclosure bar in its decision in United States ex rel. Whipple v....more

Medicare RAC Program Improvements Delayed Until 2016 - Shorts on Long Term Care February 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had planned to award new contracts to companies that act as Medicare’s recovery audit contractors (now referred to as recovery auditors) (RAs) for operation of the Medicare...more

FCA Matters: Department of Justice Touts Record Recoveries in False Claims Act Cases (2/15)

The U.S. Department of Justice collected a record $5.69 billion through settlements and judgments in False Claims Act cases during the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, according to a recent announcement by DOJ...more

Williams Mullen and Local Counsel, Bryan Davis, Win Declaratory Action Against HSD in New Mexico!!

For those of you who follow my blog, you know that the single state agency in New Mexico, Human Services Department (HSD), accused 15 behavioral health care providers, which made up 87% of the mental health care in NM, of...more

OIG Releases New Proposals on Anti-kickback Statute Safe Harbors, Exceptions to the CMP Law and the Gainsharing Prohibition

On October 3, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a long-awaited proposed rule for implementing amendments to safe harbors under the Anti-kickback Statute and...more

CMS Cost Sharing Reduction Reconciliation Reporting for QHPs

Qualified Health Plans (“QHPs”) and other stakeholders have until October 27, 2014, to comment on CMS’s proposed cost sharing reduction payment reconciliation reporting process. On Friday, September 26, 2014, CMS released...more

Victory in House of Representatives for Improvements to WOSB Federal Contract Program

On May 7, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued Directive 2014-01, instituting a five-year moratorium on the OFCCP enforcement over TRICARE subcontractors. The moratorium applies to health...more

HHS OIG Proposes Rule to Expand Exclusion Authorities

On May 9, 2014, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule that would significantly expand the exclusion regulations applicable to persons or entities...more

OFCCP Withdraws Claim Regarding TRICARE Jurisdiction

Last week, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) dismissed OFCCP’s 2008 complaint against Florida Hospital of Orlando. In its Order of Dismissal, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) reported that OFCCP...more

OFCCP Agrees to 5-Year Enforcement Moratorium for TRICARE Providers

In a letter to congressional leaders on March 11, 2014, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will issue a directive establishing a five-year moratorium...more

Congress To Hold Hearing On OFCCP Jurisdiction

On Thursday March 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing on the Protecting Health Care Providers from Increased Administrative Burdens Act (H.R. 3633). H.R. 3633 is a response by...more

Focus on Regulatory Law -- December issue

This bi-monthly Regulatory Newsletter synthesizes news in the energy, electronic communications, public health and public procurement legal sectors. The decisions and judgements of the French Supreme Administrative Court...more

OFCCP Scores Surprising Victory in its Continuing Battle for Jurisdiction Over Healthcare Providers Based on TRICARE Participation

On July 22, 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) won a surprising victory before the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Administrative Review Board (ARB), breathing new life into the agency’s efforts to...more

Recent Changes Impact Appeal of Medicare Denials and Reimbursement Strategies

Recovery Audit Contractors (“RACs”) and other Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractors are charged with identifying overpayments made by Medicare to healthcare providers. However, with the increase in RAC...more

Federal Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Efforts Yield a 790% Return

Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the DOJ jointly released a report concluding that, for every dollar spent on healthcare fraud investigations in the last three years, the government...more

No Judicial Review of Contractor’s Finding of a High Payment Error Rate, a Condition for Extrapolation

Before a Medicare contractor can use extrapolation to determine an overpayment amount, the Medicare statute requires that it must make a finding that there is a sustained or high level of payment error or that documented...more

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