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New York Medical Society Warns Providers to Avoid Percentage-Based Billing

A series of recoupment letters from the New York State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) to healthcare providers who have management or billing company arrangements based on a percentage of collections has prompted the...more

Excluded Party Cases Dominate OIG Published Self Disclosure Settlements

In 2013, the HHS Office of Inspector General issued revised protocols outlining the process through which health care providers are able to self-disclose and resolve potential liability under the OIG’s civil monetary penalty...more

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

Featured Unsealed Cases United States ex rel. Thomas v. Best Choice Home Health Care Agency, Inc., No. 2:13-cv-02209 (D. Kan.) - Complaint Filed: May 6, 2013 - Complaint Unsealed: October 24, 2016...more

President’s Budget Blueprint Increases Funds For Health Care Fraud Enforcement

The President has released a “budget blueprint” for fiscal year 2018. Although there are many aspects of the budget blueprint to digest, several budget items signal that government health care fraud enforcement remains a...more

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Healthcare Leaders cite Fraud and Abuse Laws as Obstacle to Value-Based Arrangements

As the healthcare industry moves towards value-based purchasing, pay-for-performance, and other payment reform models, industry leaders have identified federal fraud and abuse laws as a barrier to full implementation of such...more

False Claims Act Dangers on Display in Ruckh

A recent jury verdict in an FCA lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida resulted in a not-so-subtle reminder of just how high the stakes can be in such litigation....more

What’s Past is Prologue: How The FCA’s Eventful Year in 2016 Will Affect Government Contractors

2016 was a big year for the False Claims Act (FCA). Total government recoveries were up; total new matters filed were up; and total new government-led FCA matters were up. The Supreme Court issued multiple decisions...more

The Case of the Very Very Impossibly Long, Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

How Fraud and Abuse Cases Arise in a Medical Practice - It is no secret many doctors work very long days. Some days are worse and some are better than others. As a compliance lawyer, my job is to attempt to prevent...more

DOJ Intervenes in Risk Adjustment FCA Case

Recently, the DOJ intervened in one of several currently pending qui tam cases involving Medicare Advantage (MA) and the Risk Adjustment process used to determine the amount of payments to Medicare Advantage Organizations...more

Justice Department Joins Whistleblower Suit Accusing UnitedHealth Group of Overcharging Medicare by “Hundreds of Millions”

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has joined a whistleblower lawsuit, United States of America ex rel Benjamin Poehling v. Unitedhealth Group Inc., No. 16-08697 (Cent. Dist. Cal. Sep. 17, 2010), ECF No. 79, against...more

Proof by Proxy in FCA Suits? District Court Says It Depends

Admissibility of statistical sampling to prove liability in FCA suit is fact dependent. In a February 14, 2017 decision, the Fourth Circuit declined to rule on the question of whether statistical sampling can be used to...more

Fourth Circuit Takes a Pass on Statistical Sampling, Finds DOJ's Settlement Veto Authority Unreviewable

After granting the relators’ petition for an interlocutory review of the district court’s rejection of the use of statistical sampling to establish FCA liability, the Fourth Circuit ultimately declined to reach that issue in...more

You’re Fired: What Impact Will Sally Yates’ Departure Have on the DOJ’s Fraud Enforcement?

As most of the world now knows, President Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates last week after she declined to defend the President’s travel ban. Dana Boente has replaced Ms. Yates, but he may not be long for the...more

Failure to Plead Objective Falsity Dooms Cardiologist’s FCA Complaint

A number of recent FCA decisions have grappled with the question of objective falsity, particularly in the context of FCA claims where the alleged falsity is premised on a lack of medical necessity in connection with the...more

On Remand, First Circuit Finds Violations in Escobar Were Material

In June, the Supreme Court issued Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, a landmark opinion in which the Supreme Court addressed the standard for pleading materiality in FCA implied certification cases. The...more

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

In September 2016, three corporate officers in two healthcare fraud and abuse cases settled allegations that they were personally liable for violations of federal fraud and abuse laws. These settlements come one year after...more

[Webinar] The “Risky Business” of the Federal False Claims Act: Strategic Thinking for 2017 - December 8th, 12:00pm ET

Calling in-house counsel and top executives at government and defense contractors, health care and long term care providers, and manufacturing companies. On December 8 at 11:30 am ET, join Williams Mullen attorneys at this...more

When Can Violation of a Condition of Participation Result in False Claims Act Liability? Update on Escobar’s Materiality Standard

In June, I published a blog article on a decision of the United States Supreme Court that appeared to change the law applicable to “false certification” in the 7th Judicial Circuit Circuit. The Supreme Court decision in...more

When Does An Overpayment Become Fraud? How Simple Inattention Can Expose You to Penalties for Fraudulent Activities

If you are involved in any way in the health care system, it should be obvious by now that the government has committed ever increasing resources to the prosecution of fraud and abuse cases. Simply put, from a governmental...more

North District of California Misconstrues Express False Certification Liability

This summer, the Northern District of California issued an opinion in an intervened case that expanded the theory of express false certification to a startling degree. Ruling on a motion to dismiss, the court in U.S. ex rel....more

"Escobar and the Implied Certification Theory: Initial Cases Raise the Bar on Materiality in False Claims Act Litigation"

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar1 (Escobar) unanimously upheld the implied certification theory of False Claims Act (FCA) liability and strengthened...more

Seventh Circuit Applies Escobar’s Materiality Standard to (Again) Reject False Certification Claim

The Escobar and Sanford-Brown Decisions - This summer, the United States Supreme Court undertook to resolve the long-running circuit split over the validity and scope of the implied false certification theory of...more

Lincoln’s Law Becomes Even More Absurd When Applied to the Health Care Industry

When Congress originally passed the False Claims Act (31 USC §§ 3729-3733), no one had the health care system in mind. The False Claims Act was also commonly referred to as the “Lincoln Law”. The original law was focused on...more

Supreme Court Implied False Certification Case Reargued to First Circuit

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit heard argument in United States ex rel. Escobar, et al. v. Universal Health Services, Inc. This case was sent back...more

Recent Settlements Demonstrate the Reach and Versatility of the FCA

In recent years, civil enforcement efforts involving the FCA have grown significantly. Today, the FCA impacts a vast array of businesses, as it is commonly used to redress false claims for government funds involving...more

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