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Escobar's Impact: Recent Application of "Materiality" in Ninth Circuit

Last year, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decided Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar (Escobar), 136 S.Ct. 1989 (2016), creating important implications for Federal False Claims Act (FCA) cases...more

The Siege Continues: The Justice Department is Investigating Four Additional Medicare Advantage Plans

In our prior blog post, we reported that, at the request of the federal Department of Justice, the FCA qui tam whistleblower lawsuit in the case of United States ex rel Benjamin Poehling v. United HealthGroup, Inc., et. al....more

Percentage-Based Billing Contracts Violate Medicaid Regulations and May Constitute Improper Fee-Splitting

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MCFU) of the New York State Office of the Attorney General has recently issued restitution demand letters to providers for allegedly entering into percentage-based contracts with their billing...more

Federal district court interprets Stark Laws writing requirement

On March 15, 2017, the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, ruling on cross motions for summary judgment in U.S. ex rel. Tullio Emanuele v. Medicor Associates Inc. et al., provided the first...more

The Transition to Value-Based Health Care: A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days

“A View from Washington of President Trump’s First 60 Days,” the inaugural segment of our value-based health care teleconference series, was hosted by Thomas Bulleit, who heads the Ropes & Gray health care practice in the...more

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

Agape Take Two - 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on FCA Statistical Sampling Case

Last May, we reported on a False Claims Act (FCA) case pending in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals regarding a claim brought in the U.S. District Court in South Carolina against a network of 24 nursing home providers...more

Federal Health Care Leaders Write Governors About New Direction for Medicaid

While much of the attention related to health care this week is focused on our nation’s capital, all 50 state governors have received a letter from recently confirmed U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price and...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

Health Care FCA Decisions Applied to Criminal Case

False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases involving medical necessity continue to receive great attention. A March 7, 2017 opinion that overruled a jury’s criminal fraud conviction of a cardiologist demonstrates the broader implications...more

Trumpcare’s hit on the poor also would steal benefits from the middle-class elderly

Republicans have long fumed about the federal government’s role in health care, ever since Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor were both passed in 1965. Now, though, we’re at a crossroads, where a frontal...more

Direct Primary Care: Getting Calls from Patients While Avoiding Calls from Law Enforcement

For providers interested in simplifying the provider-patient relationship, one option is direct primary care. Ironically, though, simplification can be complicated, particularly when the government is involved. One of the...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Spotlight on Health Care and Regulatory Reform Under the Trump Administration

On February 28, 2017, President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, outlining a broad vision of his agenda. The Trump administration is widely expected to chart a dramatically different course on...more

Taking Shape: Influential D.C. Circuit Court Continues the Expansion of Escobar’s “Materiality” Standard

In June 2016, the Supreme Court’s decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar confirmed the viability of the “implied false certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act (FCA)....more

New OIG Exclusion Authority Rule Set To Go Into Effect on March 21, 2017

On January 12, 2017, just a week prior to President Trump’s Inauguration, the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final Rule (Rule) regarding one of its most important...more

What’s in Your Local Transportation Policy?

Those in the business of providing healthcare services to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are all too familiar with the federal Anti-kickback Statute (AKS). Among other dreadful sanctions, it imposes criminal penalties on...more

DOJ Issues New Guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs in Federal Fraud Investigations

On February 8th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) quietly issued new guidance on how the agency evaluates corporate compliance programs during fraud investigations. The guidance, published on the agency’s website as the...more

Can medical residents admit hospital inpatients?

In federal fiscal year 2014, concurrently with the implementation of the Two Midnight Rule, CMS adopted a new regulation (the "Admissions Regulation") making the inpatient admission order an express condition of Medicare...more

Chiropractic Service Overpayment for Lack of Medical Necessity

Recent OIG Release Emphasizes Need for Compliance Policies Specific to Provider Risks The Office of Inspector General recently published results of its audit of Medicare claims for chiropractic services made by a chiropractic...more

New Medicare Fraud Defense: “My Mom Made Me Do It!”

Charged with 33 counts of Medicare fraud netting some $45 million in false claims, Richard Tinimbang invoked a novel defense: “My mom made me do it!” That, according to Law360, is the gist of the opening statement of...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

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