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D&O Carrier Allowed to Recoup Defense and Indemnity Costs After Employees Plead Guilty to Misconduct

In Protection Strategies, Inc. v. Starr Indemnity & Liability Co., the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia allowed an insurer to recoup more than $670,000 in costs paid for the insured first to respond to...more

Virginia Federal Court Allows Recoupment by Insurer – Where Guilty Pleas Triggered Coverage Exclusions

In Protection Strategies, Inc. v. Starr Indemnity & Liability Co., Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-00763 (E.D. Va. Apr. 23, 2014), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted Starr Indemnity &...more

U.S. District Court Finds Halifax Hospital Violated the Stark Law in Summary Judgment

A United States District Court in the Middle District of Florida recently granted partial summary judgment in favor of the United States in connection with its motion against Halifax Hospital Medical Center (Halifax...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Qui Tam Case Based on Attorney’s Use of Confidential Information

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the decision of the District Court for the Southern District of New York to disqualify Fair Laboratory Practices Associates (FLPA) from its qui tam suit against...more

Federal Court Refuses To Dismiss Government’s Statutory Claims against Mortgage Originators That Allegedly Defrauded HUD

A federal judge recently rejected motions to dismiss in a suit in which the U.S. government alleged that two mortgage originators and their officers defrauded the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) into...more

Will Usual and Customary Price be the Next False Claims Act Battleground?

Recently, a federal judge held that a qui tam relator’s allegations that a pharmacy routinely reported falsely inflated “usual and customary” prices for generic medications in claims submitted to federally funded health care...more

Legislation Introduced in the House Would Amend the False Claims Act

On August 1, 2013, Reps. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) and David Scott (D-Ga.) introduced bipartisan legislation in the House that would amend the federal False Claims Act (FCA) by adding several procedural hurdles that make it more...more

OIG Releases Updated Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol

On April 17, 2013, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services released an updated Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol (SDP). As self-described, OIG updated the SDP to...more

Sixth Circuit in MedQuest: No FCA Liability for Violation of Medicare Conditions of Participation Without Violation of Conditions...

On April 1, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit overturned an $11.1 million False Claims Act (FCA) judgment by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against MedQuest Associates, Inc.,...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Physician Supervision and Enrollment Issues Are Not Conditions of Payment for Purposes of FCA Liability

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision overturning an $11.1 million False Claims Act (FCA) verdict against MedQuest Associates, Inc. (MedQuest) for submitting claims to Medicare in violation of the...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

PRRB Upholds Liquidation Requirement for Pension Expenses in Wage Index Calculation

The Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) has issued a decision upholding CMS’s policy of not recognizing pension expenses for purposes of calculating the wage index unless such expenses are liquidated within one year. ...more

Court of Appeals Rules for Government in DSH Exhausted Benefit Day Appeal

For the last several years, hospitals and the government have fought hard over where days associated with certain “dual eligible” patients should be placed in the Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) calculation. At...more

Sixth Circuit Rules No FCA Liability Based on Violation of Medicare Requirements

On April 1st, the Sixth Circuit reversed an $11.1 million dollar summary judgment finding entered against MedQuest Associates, a diagnostic testing company. In its opinion, the Sixth Circuit found that violation of two...more

Resubmission of Hospital Claims

On February 13, CGS Administrators, the Parts A and B Medicare Administrative Contractor for Kentucky and Ohio, relayed instructions to Medicare hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System from the Centers...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

Supreme Court Rules Equitable Tolling Cannot Be Used To Extend Deadline For Filing Medicare Part A Reimbursement Appeals

On January 21, 2103, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center that the Medicare statute does not permit the time period for filing an appeal with the Provider Reimbursement Review...more

Court Rules That Medicare DSH Statute Means What It Says

In recent times, the provider community has enjoyed success in challenging the Secretary’s interpretation of the Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) adjustment provisions and what, the providers have maintained,...more

AHA Survey Identifies Continuing Problems with Medicare RAC Program

The American Hospital Association (AHA) published its RACTRAC Survey results for the third quarter of 2012. The AHA created the survey in response to the lack of information released by CMS on its Medicare RAC program. For...more

Supreme Court Opinion in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center Rejects a Challenge by Hospitals to Medicare's SSI Fraction...

A unanimous Supreme Court has issued its opinion in Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center, No. 11-1231 (Jan. 22, 2013), rejecting a challenge by hospitals to Medicare's Supplemental Security Income ("SSI") fraction...more

Supreme Court Overturns Auburn Equitable Tolling Decision, 9-0

In Sebelius v. Auburn Regional Medical Center, No. 11-1231 (Jan. 22, 2013), the Supreme Court reversed a decision of the D.C. Circuit which had held that the 180-day time limit for hospitals to file a cost report appeal with...more

The False Claims Act and Healthcare Providers: Key Results from 2012 and Likely Trends for 2013

From the perspective of False Claims Act (FCA) results, 2012 was a decidedly mixed year for healthcare providers. The bad news was quite bad—increased FCA scrutiny by the Department of Justice (DOJ) led to $3 billion of...more

Providers Again Win in Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Challenge

In a 2011 decision, Northeast Hospital Corp. v. Sebelius, 657 F. 3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2011), the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled for the providers in a challenge to the Secretary’s...more

Sixth Circuit Provides Powerful Authority for False Claims

Recently, the Sixth Circuit in United States ex rel. Williams v. Renal Care Group et al. threw out an $83 million judgment against a dialysis provider in an opinion recognizing the ambiguity endemic in the current health care...more

Sixth Circuit Overturns $82.6 Million Medicare Fraud Judgment

Based on the recent decision in United States, ex rel. Williams v. Renal Care Group, Inc., medical service providers in the Sixth Circuit that have established separate corporate entities to maximize corporate profits and...more

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