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Health Update - April 2017

CMS Issues Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol for Stark Law Violations - On March 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new voluntary self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP) for disclosing...more

A “Change of Heart” in a Health Care Fraud Prosecution - Inconsistent angiogram interpretations establish reasonable doubt in...

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky reversed the October 27, 2016 criminal jury verdict against Kentucky cardiologist Dr. Richard E. Paulus, and acquitted him on all counts of health...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

Justice Department Joins Whistleblower Suit Accusing UnitedHealth Group of Overcharging Medicare by “Hundreds of Millions”

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has joined a whistleblower lawsuit, United States of America ex rel Benjamin Poehling v. Unitedhealth Group Inc., No. 16-08697 (Cent. Dist. Cal. Sep. 17, 2010), ECF No. 79, against...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse in the Middle District of Florida in 2016 - a Year in Review

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The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Middle District of Florida (USAO-MDFL) prosecuted several civil health care fraud matters in 2016 and issued related press releases. A review of the USAO-MDFL’s criminal and...more

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

by Burr & Forman on

According to the United States Government, fraud and abuse recovery has an excellent return for each investment dollar spent. According to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Report,released by the...more

Federal Court Blocks Aetna, Humana Merger

by King & Spalding on

On January 23, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division’s (DOJ) request for an injunction to block Aetna Inc.’s (Aetna) proposed acquisition of...more

DOJ Successfully Blocks Aetna-Humana Merger

by King & Spalding on

On January 23, 2017, United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (the “DOJ”), request for an injunction blocking Aetna’s proposed $37 billion acquisition of...more

2016 – Health Law Year in Review

We are pleased to present our annual review of developments in the field of health law. The year was marked by key changes in False Claims Act jurisprudence and Medicare payment policy. 2016 also brought with it focused...more

The AHA’s Letter to Santa Claus

The American Hospital Association, after having been “nice” all year, penned its letter to Santa Claus with its wish list for Christmas. Its four page letter (actually addressed to President-Elect Donald Trump at 1717...more

Universities Are Prime Targets for False Claims Act Liability

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Colleges and universities receive billions of dollars in federal funds, whether through research grants or student financial aid, or even by billing Medicare or Medicaid for services rendered at academic medical centers. As a...more

Department Of Justice Announces The Indictment Of 21 Individuals Affiliated With Forest Park Medical Center

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On December 1, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced the indictment of 21 executives, physicians, surgeons, and others affiliated with Forest Park Medical Center (FPMC) in...more

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

In September 2016, three corporate officers in two healthcare fraud and abuse cases settled allegations that they were personally liable for violations of federal fraud and abuse laws. These settlements come one year after...more

Recent Settlements Demonstrate the Reach and Versatility of the FCA

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In recent years, civil enforcement efforts involving the FCA have grown significantly. Today, the FCA impacts a vast array of businesses, as it is commonly used to redress false claims for government funds involving...more

Washington Healthcare Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This Week: Congress remains in recess, but members write letters on Mylan’s EpiPen…CBO says repealing Part B Demo would cost $395 million…CMS releases data on hospice utilization and finds spending and utilization vary in...more

Former Home Health Agency Owner Sentenced to 20 Years for $57MM Medicare Fraud

The US Department of Justice announced that Khaled Elbeblaswy, the former owner and manager three Miami-area home health agencies, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $36.4 million in restitution for his...more

60-Day Overpayment FCA Enforcement Action Results in $2.95 Million Settlement

by King & Spalding on

On August 23, 2016, a New York hospital system settled False Claims Act (FCA) allegations that it violated the 60-day overpayment rule by improperly retaining Medicaid overpayments. The whistleblower alleged that three of the...more

Health Care Matters, Summer 2016

by JAMS on

Special Masters in Health Care Antitrust Merger Cases: Resolving the Conflicting Interests - One of the most challenging aspects of antitrust cases in the health care field is the rich mixture of public interest...more

Drug Companies and Charitable Patient Foundations

by Michael Volkov on

Charitable organizations can easily become enmeshed in Justice Department enforcement issues. We have seen charities used in FCPA cases as a means to funnel bribes to government officials, spouses or family members....more

The Department of Justice Ups the Ante: Per Claim Penalties for False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute Violations Nearly...

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On June 30, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published an interim file rule that dramatically increases the per claim penalties for violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) among...more

Kickback Prosecutions Expanding Beyond Drugs and Devices to Care Networks

The DOJ has recently showed some new muscle by applying anti-kickback laws to care facility owners rather than drug manufacturers. The uptick in federal healthcare fraud prosecutions in 2016 has been well-documented, but...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

Health Care Fraud Prosecutions: Strong Seas and High Winds Ahead for Individuals and Corporations

by Baker Ober Health Law on

During the past nine months, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has made several significant policy pronouncements that impact health care organizations and individual providers. These directives and initiatives reflect...more

Department of Justice Imposes Almost 100% Increase in Minimum and Maximum Monetary Penalties Under FCA

by Williams Mullen on

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced an interim final rule almost doubling per-claim penalties under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The FCA still imposes treble damages for government losses in...more

Compliance Reminder — DOJ Announces Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown

by Michael Volkov on

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the DOJ announced the largest nationwide heath care fraud takedown in history, which resulted in criminal and civil charges against 301 individuals for alleged participation in health care fraud...more

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