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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

These Doctors Work Hard – Over 24 Hours a Day

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle might have called it “The Case of the Doctors Who Work More than 24 Hours a Day.” Unfortunately for the physician group in question, Sir Arthur wasn’t the author; the federal court for the Northern...more

GAO Evaluates CMS Activities to Prepare Health Industry for ICD-10 Launch

According to a recent GAO report, CMS has taken numerous steps to prepare industry for the October 1, 2015 transition to ICD-10 codes, such as developing checklists, timelines, and other educational materials and hosting...more

Hospital Engagement Network Contract Solicitation

CMS is requesting proposals for Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) contracts from qualified entities to work on reducing preventable hospital acquired conditions and readmissions through the Partnership for Patients...more

Roadmap to Prison: Lessons Learned from the Criminal Prosecution of Alpha Ambulance’s Leaders

No one running an ambulance company ever planned to go to prison for doing his or her job. But that is a real possibility if the government knocks on the door, and the owner or manager is dishonest in his or her response to...more

False Claims Act – 2014 Year in Review

The False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud or submit false claims to the federal government. The FCA allows the federal government to seek treble damages, civil penalties and...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

DOJ Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

On February 11, the DOJ announced a $7.9 million settlement with a Delaware-based pharmaceutical manufacturer for allegedly violating the False Claims Act by engaging in a kickback scheme with a pharmacy benefits manager...more

Device Manufacturer Settles False Claims Act Allegations with DOJ for $1.25 Million

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that ev3 Inc. (which acquired Fox Hollow Technologies, Inc. (“Fox Hollow”), a medical device manufacturer, in late 2007) agreed to pay $1.25 million to resolve allegations...more

Blog: OIG Releases Advisory Opinion Regarding the Effect of Exclusion

On February 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted an advisory opinion regarding the effect of exclusion from Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care...more

The Surprise Cost of Whistleblowing

On February 3, 2015, in United States v. Huron Consulting Group, Inc., U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, took the unusual – but not unprecedented – step of ordering a False Claims Act (“FCA”) relator to pay thousands of...more

GAO Highlights Medicare Program Risks and Recommends Program Integrity Actions

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released its latest update to its “High-Risk Series” reports, which again lists Medicare as a high-risk program, in part because of the program’s substantial size and scope, and...more

Sixth Circuit Examines Materiality and Government Knowledge under the FCA

As its name implies, the False Claims Act (FCA) prohibits false or fraudulent claims to the federal government. Broadly construed, the FCA can apply to anyone receiving federal funds, but it is especially critical to...more

Implied False Certification FCA Claims Against Ambulatory Surgery Centers Survive Motion to Dismiss

A California federal court recently denied a motion to dismiss implied false certification claims brought under the California and federal False Claims Acts (FCA) against several ambulatory surgery centers and physicians...more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Scope and Effect of the FCA’s Public Disclosure Bar

The Eleventh Circuit has recently issued an opinion clarifying the 2010 amendments to the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and its “public disclosure bar,” which prohibits suits based on information already publicly disclosed. In...more

Anti-Kickback and Stark Law: Pitfalls and Problems

When you think your life is tough in the FCPA compliance arena, just remember you could be head of compliance for a pharmaceutical company or hospital responsible for domestic anti-kickback and Stark law compliance....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

Supreme Court Hears Argument On Two Procedural Issues In False Claims Act Litigation

On January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Kellogg Brown & Root v. United States ex rel. Carter, No. 12-1497, a False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam case involving allegations of fraudulent billing...more

False Claims Act – 2014 Year in Review

The False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud or submit false claims to the federal government. The FCA allows the federal government to seek treble damages, civil penalties and...more

Catching Up on the False Claims Act

From a corporate risk perspective, if your company is in the financial industry, healthcare, or defense industry, your greatest legal and compliance risk has to be the False Claims Act....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - HHS IG Issues Report Regarding Federal Marketplace: Inadequacies in Contract Planning and Procurement - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) inspector...more

Healthcare Fraud: Aggressive Enforcement Strategies

This week I am focusing on the persistent problem of healthcare fraud. For healthcare providers, the challenge of compliance and avoiding enforcement risks is particularly difficult. ...more

Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Window is Now Open

The bidding window is now open for the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding Program Round 2 Recompete and the National Mail-Order Recompete for diabetic testing...more

CMS Announces DMEPOS/Home Health/Hospice RAC, Improvements to RAC Process

CMS has announced that it has awarded the Region 5 Recovery Audit contract to Connolly, LLC (although the General Accounting Office subsequently reported that a bid protest has been filed regarding this award). The purpose of...more

Ethics in Pharmaceutical Sales: Strengthening Corporate Culture and Preventing False Claims Act Violations

“I didn’t set out to commit a crime. I certainly didn’t set out to hurt anyone… I was kind of a hero, because I helped the company make its numbers every quarter. And I thought I was doing a good thing. I thought I was...more

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