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Federal Court Rejects Hospitals’ Challenge to Medicare Wage Rule 

In a decision with far-reaching implications within the health care industry, on February 22, 2016, a federal judge rejected a challenge to how Medicare reimbursement is adjusted based on local labor costs, dismissing...more

Supreme Court Seeks Meaning in Falsity and Fraud in the False Claims Act

Oral arguments were heard Tuesday, April 19th by the U.S. Supreme Court in one of the most significant False Claims Act (FCA) cases the Court has dealt with in decades on an issue with very real impact on whistleblower suits...more

"Supreme Court Permits Use of Statistical 'Representational Evidence': Implications for the FCA"

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. In an opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the majority held that class...more

Retaliation Claim Survives Though False Claim Act Claim Is False

Roxanne Perkins was employed as a clinical supervisor of prior authorizations therapy at Wellcare Health Plans. When she returned from a leave of absence, she learned that Wellcare had instituted a new practice of approving...more

Doing the Cha-Cha on Exchange Rules: CMS Moves Forward on Standardized Plan Offerings but Steps Back from Instituting Minimum...

On March 8, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a final rule titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; CMS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017” (“Final Rule”)[1] setting...more

Hospice Care Eligible Patient Certification is a “Condition of Payment” Under False Claims Act

In order to state a cognizable claim under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) on a false certification theory, a plaintiff must allege that a defendant failed to comply with a federal statute or regulation that was a “condition of...more

Mitigating FCA Whistleblower Risk When Employees Leave

Over the past decade, efforts to enforce health care fraud regulations have been bolstered significantly with increased government funding and a dramatic increase in whistleblower claims filed under the False Claims Act’s qui...more

What is The Status of OFCCP Jurisdiction Over Healthcare Providers?

In recent years, the U.S Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has aggressively argued that healthcare providers that participate in one of three federal healthcare...more

Services that are Worth Less Aren’t Necessarily Worthless

The Sixth Circuit brought a refreshing sense of reality to the government’s sometimes unreal calculation of damages in False Claims Act (FCA) cases. In this case the government had sought, and won at the trial level, an award...more

Health Care E-Note - February 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has a new view in cases involving corporate wrongdoing (including fraud and abuse, qui tam, and similar matters). And its gaze is focused squarely on rooting out and punishing the...more

Another Day, Another Whistleblower Retaliation Suit

A False Claims Act (“FCA”) retaliation claim, 31 U.S.C. 3730(h), filed January 26, 2016 in federal district court in Oregon, provides a perfect example of the type of challenging cases confronting health care employers today....more

Coming Down Your Chimney: Market Reform Guidance, Information Reporting Penalty Relief and Cadillac Tax Delay

It’s the “silly season” on the Hill and a busy season for ACA regulators. This article gives you brief notes about Notice 2015-87, information reporting relief and the § 4980I delay buried in the omnibus spending bill....more

Labor & Employment E-Note - December 2015

Howard Bogard, Chair of Burr's Health Care Practice Group, outlines his top ten 2015 health care developments for Alabama providers in his annual "Health Care Year In Review” article for the Birmingham Medical News....more

False Claims Act: 2015 Year in Review

This year continued the trend of aggressive False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and high volumes of qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers. In fiscal year 2015, the DOJ marked the fourth...more

More Whistleblowing Means More Worries for Employers

If you are an employer in the health care or defense industry, in addition to compliance with the panoply of employment laws you must adhere to, employers must also be attuned to their exposure to whistleblower claims under...more

OIG Work Plan Series – Installment Four – Oversight of Contracts

The Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its 2016 Work Plan, which includes the OIG’s focus on various aspects of federal government contracts. This alert will focus on the new...more

Final Curtain Call for Tuomey: Long-Running FCA/Stark Case Settled

After 10 years of litigation, including two trials and appeals to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Tuomey Healthcare System (Tuomey) have entered into a settlement of DOJ's action...more

Health Alert (Australia) - October 26, 2015

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments Queensland 22 September 2015 - Metro South Hospital and Health Service & Leighton v Luthje [2015] QCATA...more

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

Trends & Analysis: ..We have identified 15 health care–related qui tam cases that were unsealed since our last Qui Tam Update. Of those, 12 were filed from 2012 to the present. All but two cases had been pending more...more

Fourth Circuit Grants Review of Use of Statistical Sampling in False Claims Act Case to Prove Liability and Damages

On September 29, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed to hear on interlocutory appeal the controversial issue of reliance on statistical sampling in a whistle-blower action to prove liability...more

Health Update - September 2015

Latest Healthcare False Claims Act Roundup and Top 3 Best Practices to Reduce Exposure - As the legal landscape in healthcare becomes increasingly complex, healthcare companies that receive federal program funds face...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update: Recent Developments & Unsealed Cases - September 2015

Trends & Analysis - Since our last Qui Tam Update, we have identified 39 health-related False Claims Act (“FCA”) qui tam cases that have been unsealed. Of those cases...more

Hospitals Accused of Violating the False Claims Act Through Ownership of the PPO For Their Self-Funded Employee Health Plans

On August 27, 2015, following notification by the government that it had decided not to intervene, the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, ordered that a qui tam complaint charging...more

Hospital Chain Pays Heavy Price for Being Too Clever

Finding that Community Hospital Systems had been “too clever by half” in negotiating a global settlement agreement for seven whistleblower suits, a federal judge ordered the chain to pay the attorneys’ fees of all the...more

OIG Issues Favorable Advisory Opinion Regarding Employee Lease Arrangement Between Related Entities

Reviewing an arrangement involving the lease of employees and other operational and management services between a health system and its related psychiatric hospital, the OIG issued a favorable advisory opinion, Advisory...more

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