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Client Alert: Feds Shine a Light on Medicare Advantage Plans and Physicians Related to Risk Adjustment Practices

Although the sufficiency of medical records documentation supporting beneficiary diagnoses for Medicare Advantage (MA) risk adjustment has been on the OIG’s work plan since 2013, the Department of Justice has upped the ante...more

Escobar case limits False Claims Act liability for providers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Health care providers, as government contractors, must make certain representations of fact when submitting claims for government program reimbursement, such as Medicare. Sometimes through no fault of the contractor, such...more

Second DOJ Complaint: Knowledge of Invalid Codes Requires Follow-Through to Avoid Liability

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The DOJ’s recent complaint-in-intervention in US ex rel. Poehling v. United Health Group — one of two qui tam cases against United Health currently pending in the Central District of California — emphasizes the government’s...more

OIG Reports More Than $731 Million in Inappropriate Medicare Meaningful Use Payments

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program run by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) garnered attention again last week following the release of a report by the Office of Inspector General of the US...more

"Meaningfully Useful" Risk Mitigation Strategies for Providers Following the eClinicalWorks Settlement

by Jones Day on

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH Act") established financial incentives under Medicare and Medicaid for eligible health care providers that adopt, implement, and demonstrate use...more

The Enforcement Risks for Medicare Advantage Plans Continue: A New False Claims Act Settlement in Florida

Recent activities of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Qui Tam whistleblowers reveal that Medicare Advantage Plans remain at the forefront of investigations for violations of the federal False Claim Act (“FCA”) for...more

Reducing the risk of False Claims Act qui tam actions

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Under the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), the presentation of a false claim for payment to the federal government can result in significant liability for providers participating in government-payer programs such as Medicare...more

The Latest in the Epipen Medicaid Drug Rebate Saga – Where Are We Now?

The latest installment in the ongoing saga over EpiPen Medicaid Drug Rebates came on May 31, 2017, when Senator Charles Grassley issued a press release stating that between 2006-2016 taxpayers may have overpaid for EpiPen by...more

Proceed with Caution in Using New Process to Self-Report Stark Law Violations

by Barley Snyder on

Effective June 1, health care providers must use standardized forms for reporting Stark Law violations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These forms are part of a self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP)...more

Preventing Overpayments from becoming False Claims

by Dickinson Wright on

Overpayments to healthcare providers receiving Medicare reimbursements are at risk of civil and criminal enforcement action if not attuned to a particular reimbursement rule and diligent in compliance with the rule’s...more

An Unsettling Settlement: Health Plan to Pay $32 Million to Settle Coding and Provider Network Misrepresentation Charge

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 30, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it reached a settlement with commonly-owned Freedom Health Inc. and Optimum Healthcare, Inc. (Freedom Health) — two Tampa, Florida, managed care plans — to settle...more

The DOJ Enters Another FCA Lawsuit Against UnitedHealth

by BakerHostetler on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently filed its complaint in intervention in another whistleblower lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act against the nation’s largest owner and operator of Medicare Advantage (MA)...more

Medicare Advantage Plans Under Fire: The Department of Justice Files Complaints-in-Intervention

As reported in earlier blogs, the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) has been actively looking into potential abuses by Medicare Advantage (MA) Organizations as to allegedly improper risk adjustment claims submissions and...more

Stark Law: What Providers Should Know About New CMS Form

by Polsinelli on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized Form CMS-10328 (the SRDP Form), a new OMB-approved information collection instrument that must be used by providers and suppliers utilizing the Stark Law...more

D.C. District Court Allows Part C Plan to Continue with Challenge of Overpayment Rule

by King & Spalding on

On March 31, 2017, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia held that plaintiffs UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company et al. (“United”) had standing to challenge CMS’s overpayment...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Cases

by Jones Day on

The Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two False Claims Act ("FCA") cases brought by private relators against insurance and other companies based on the alleged failure to reimburse the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...more

U.S. District Court Rules that Hospital May Face FCA Liability Over Medical Directorship Arrangements that Lacked Written...

by King & Spalding on

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania held in United States ex rel. Emanuele v. Medicor Assocs., 2017 BL 80113, W.D. Pa., No. 10-cv-245, 3/15/17, that a hospital that created...more

When is a Physician Liable for Stark Law Violations?

by Ruder Ware on

I frequently hear attorneys claim the Stark law applies equally to hospitals and physicians. This position is sometimes taken in the process of negotiating a transaction between a hospital and a physician or physician group....more

Seventh Circuit Grants Interlocutory Appeal in Rx Discount Program Qui Tam Suit to Answer Several Important Questions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In United States ex rel. Garbe v. Kmart Co., 824 F.3d 632 (7th Cir. 2016), the Seventh Circuit granted interlocutory appeal following numerous motions for partial summary judgment to consider four questions: (1) whether the...more

Health Update - March 2017

The Future of Essential Health Benefits - Editor's Note: The Essential Health Benefits (EHB) rule may be among the many parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are on the chopping block as the Trump Administration and...more

Federal district court interprets Stark Laws writing requirement

by Dentons on

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

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

Chiropractic Service Overpayment for Lack of Medical Necessity

by Ruder Ware on

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

OIG Report Indicates Areas of Hospice Fraud Vulnerability and Issues a Warning to Hospice Providers

by Ruder Ware on

The HHS Office of Inspector General recently released a report indicating deficiencies in hospice election statements and physician certification of patient eligibility for hospice care. Medicare hospice care provides help...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

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