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Proof by Proxy in FCA Suits? District Court Says It Depends

Admissibility of statistical sampling to prove liability in FCA suit is fact dependent. In a February 14, 2017 decision, the Fourth Circuit declined to rule on the question of whether statistical sampling can be used to...more

Fourth Circuit Takes a Pass on Statistical Sampling, Finds DOJ's Settlement Veto Authority Unreviewable

After granting the relators’ petition for an interlocutory review of the district court’s rejection of the use of statistical sampling to establish FCA liability, the Fourth Circuit ultimately declined to reach that issue in...more

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

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

Recent Settlements Demonstrate the Reach and Versatility of the FCA

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

Ninth Circuit Substantially Reduces Punitive Award Against Walgreen

Things have been quiet in the world of punitive damages for the last few months, but two recent decisions substantially reducing punitive awards under the BMW/State Farm factors warrant mention. My colleague Miriam Nemetz...more

Billing Companies Beware – OIG Signals a Crackdown on Fraud and Abuse at All Levels

In an unprecedented administrative action, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (“HHS-OIG”) penalized a medical billing company for preparing and submitting claims to Medicare for...more

Fourth Circuit Interprets Meaning of "Protected Activity" Under 2010 FCA Whistleblower Amendments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed dismissal of an FCA complaint for failure to state a claim under the FCA’s anti-retaliation provision, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(h). In U.S. ex rel. Carlson v. Dyncorp...more

Can a Relator Plead with Particularity without Alleging that a Patient’s Bill was Submitted to the Government?

The Seventh Circuit says yes. Early this month, the Seventh Circuit reversed and remanded a district court’s holding that a qui tam Relator failed to properly plead a False Claims Act suit where the Complaint did not allege...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

NYAG Announces Settlement with Synergy Fitness for Improper Billing

This week, the New York State Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) announced that it had settled with nine Synergy Fitness (“Synergy”) health clubs over alleged deceptive and improper billing practices. Specifically,...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: August 2016

Since our last issue, we have identified 31 recently unsealed health care-related whistleblower cases. In this Qui Tam Update, we analyze the trends and take an in-depth look at a few noteworthy cases....more

NYAG Announces Deceptive Advertising Settlements

Last week, the New York State Attorney General (the “Attorney General”) announced settlements with two separate companies relating to claims involving allegations of deceptive advertising and billing practices. The...more

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

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

Clinics Pay Heavy Price for Failing to Audit Claims

Health clinics may want to review their auditing obligations and practices in light of a June 23 ruling by the Eleventh Circuit. Allstate decided to look into the billing practices of a group of Florida health clinics. ...more

OIG Delivers Home Care a One – Two Punch: Release of Report and Alert on Home Health Fraud Highlights Increased OIG Scrutiny of...

On June 22, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued two communications that underscore its continued focus on fraud in home health care, along with the role of physicians as “gate keepers” in authorizing...more

Battle of the Somme Week – Part I: The Analogic FCPA Enforcement Action

I have not written much in honor of the centennial of the First World War (WWI). However this week I will to remedy this oversight by focusing on the Battle of the Somme, leading up to the first day of the long battle, which...more

Compliance Reminder — DOJ Announces Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown

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

Recent New York Medicaid Settlement with Pharmacy Shows Importance of Checking Excluded Provider List Prior to Filling...

A New York pharmacy has agreed to pay approximately $500,000 to the State of New York for improperly billing New York Medicaid for prescriptions written by a physician who had been excluded from the Medicaid program. This...more

Biblical Name No Shield Against Fraud Charge

On May 2 a New Orleans federal jury found that Psalms 23 DME, LLC—its Biblical name notwithstanding–was part of a fraud scheme that illegally billed Medicare $3.2 million. In 2013 the government indicted Psalms 23 owner...more

Trove of SNF Claims Data Released By CMS – Ready for Mining By Auditors and Whistleblowers

Over recent years, the Federal government has trained its sights on potential billing abuses in the Medicare Part A program for Skilled Nursing Facilities (“SNFs”) in the provision of rehabilitation therapy services. The...more

Insurer Actions Cut the Heart Out of Out-of-Network Providers

Aetna Life Insurance Company recently won a $37 million verdict against a group of Northern California surgical centers, Bay Area Surgical Management, LLC and its affiliates (collectively, Bay Area), for an alleged...more

Jury Sides with Defendant in Whistleblower's Suit Alleging Defendant "Caused" False Claims

Abbott Laboratories recently won a jury verdict in a high profile qui tam lawsuit alleging that Abbott “caused” health providers to submit false Medicare payment claims for off-label use of biliary stents. U.S. ex rel....more

Jury Awards Aetna $37.4M in Medical Billing Fraud Case

A California jury in Aetna Life Insurance Company v. Bay Area Surgical Management LLC, et al., 1-12-CV-217943 (Superior Court of Santa Clara County), unanimously awarded Aetna Inc. over $37.4 million in damages, finding that...more

Aetna vs. BASM: Pigs Get Fat and Hogs Get Slaughtered

On April 13, 2016, a jury in Santa Clara, California awarded Aetna, Inc. $37.4 million from Bay Area Surgical Management, LLC (“BASM”), six of its affiliated surgery centers and its three principals. Aetna had accused the...more

Health Care/Health Care Litigation Advisory: Update on the AseraCare False Claims Act Litigation – A Win for AseraCare and Health...

In November 2015, we published a client advisory on the closely watched AseraCare litigation and its potential impact on the falsity element under the False Claims Act (FCA). AseraCare involves allegations that a hospice...more

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