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South Carolina Legislative Update

South Carolina General Assembly - The South Carolina House of Representatives will be on furlough for two weeks and the Senate is only meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15-16, and then off the following week....more

Do You Know What Your Hospital Board Members Are Doing?

David Chandler was appointed to serve as chairman of Tri-Lakes Medical Center (TLMC), a community hospital in Panola County, Mississippi. As chairman, Chandler set board meeting agendas, regularly dealt with the administrator...more

Pain Doctors Walk Tightrope Between Healer And Criminal Suspect

Pain management clinics perform a vital service for patients with chronic illnesses and acute injuries. Without pain medications, some patients would be unable to work or even handle everyday tasks. In some cases, untreated...more

Hospital Executive Indicted for Allegedly Lying about Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

A hospital executive was recently indicted for allegedly submitting a false attestation regarding a hospital’s “meaningful use” of electronic health records (“EHR”) technology through the Medicare EHR incentive program. This...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - March 24, 2014

A House panel advanced a bill that would require some DUI offenders to drive with an interlock device that will not allow the engine to start if they have been drinking....more

Medical Research Fraud And HHS's Office Of Research Integrity: Watching The Watchdog

Even for those who carefully follow legal developments in the health care fraud arena, the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Research Integrity (“ORI”) is an agency that rarely appears on the radar. According...more

Kentucky Legalizes Marijuana Oil

Recently, the vastly conservative state of Kentucky Senate unanimously voted (38-0) to pass a bill that would legalize the medical use of marijuana oil. The bill was largely supported by the Kentucky state governor, as well...more

Halifax Reportedly Settles Landmark Stark Case

According to minutes filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Halifax Hospital Medical Center (Halifax) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have reached a settlement in the pending False...more

Script Newsletter: March 2014

In this issue: - A Look Behind the OIG’s Work Plan - Do You Need an Estate Plan? - Same-Gender Marriage Implications for Employee Benefit Plans - New Child Abuse Reporting Law Gets Tough -...more

New Child Abuse Reporting Law Gets Tough

“Any person who has cause to suspect that any juvenile is abused, neglected, or dependent, . . . , or has died as the result of maltreatment, shall report the case of the juvenile to the director of the department of social...more

New Reprint Guidance Maintains Bipartisan Status Quo

On February 28, 2014, the FDA issued its most recent unofficial guidance on distribution by manufacturers of research concerning off-label uses. With minor textual revisions, this new Guidance essentially restates the safe...more

Avoid the Anti-Corruption “Blacklist:” Chinese Agency Guidance

On March 1, 2014, Circular No. 50, which the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) recently promulgated to regulate the conduct of pharmaceutical and medical device companies that do business in...more

Recent Settlements Underline the Antikickback Statute's Central Role in Health Care Enforcement

In recent years, the antikickback statute (AKS) has emerged as an essential legal weapon to combat alleged misconduct in the health care industry. The government’s enforcement patterns reflect how the AKS is increasingly used...more

White Collar Watch - February 2014

Contents - False Claims Act ruling opens door to large damage awards... pages 1 - 2 - Supreme Court asked if state universities are exempt from liability under the False Claims Act... pages 2 - 4 -...more

China Introduces New Health Care Sector Anti-Corruption Regulations

China Introduces New Health Care Sector Anti-Corruption Regulations As part of a concerted effort to tackle systemic commercial bribery in the country’s health care sector, China’s National Health and Family Planning...more

New UK Pharmaceutical Packaging Warnings: Lucy in the Sky with Directions for Marketing Authorisation Holders

This client alert looks at the impact of a new drug driving offence in the UK which will come into effect during 2014 as part of The Crime and Courts Act 2013 (the “CCA 2013”). It is relevant for UK Marketing Authorisation...more

The Strike Force Approach To Combatting Health Care Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and other federal and state agencies are aggressively prosecuting health care fraud and related offenses through a strike...more

Healthcare Enforcement Actions and Trends: 2013 Overview

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services continued aggressive enforcement of the healthcare industry in 2013. Officials employed a variety of...more

China Issues New Regulations Prohibiting Commercial Bribery in the Health Care Industry

In late December, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission ("NHFPC"), the successor organization to the Ministry of Health, issued two sets of anti-corruption regulations for the health care industry: the 2013...more

Record Numbers for Medicare Fraud Task Force Prosecutions in 2013

On January 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that its Medicare Fraud Task Force had “set record numbers for health care prosecutions in Fiscal Year 2013.” ...more

"Health Care and Life Sciences: Affordable Care Act Rollout to Impact M&A and Enforcement Activity"

Health care and life sciences companies face a variety of issues in 2014, including further difficulties with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rollout because of legal and logistical challenges, the potential dampening of...more

Healthcare Fraud Recoveries at All-Time High Since 2009

Fiscal year 2013 marked the fourth consecutive year in which the Department of Justice has recovered at least $2 billion from cases involving charges of healthcare fraud. Make no mistake: these record-setting yields were no...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - January 2014, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Top News ..Congress Approves Budget Deal with Short-Term ‘Doc Fix' ..CMS “Two-Midnight” Rule delayed until March 31, 2014 ..Individuals with Canceled Insurance Policies May Apply for...more

The Government’s Unrelenting Reliance On Anti-Kickback Prosecutions

Below the radar screen of aggressive FCPA enforcement, US Attorneys, HHS-OIG and State Attorney Generals are pushing an aggressive agenda using federal and state anti-kickback laws. It is hard to keep it all in perspective...more

Rodriguez Redux

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in Carter v Canada (AG), which deals with the constitutionality of the assisted suicide provision of the Criminal Code. In 1993, in Rodriguez v British Columbia (AG),...more

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