False Claims Act Dept. of Health and Human Services

The False Claims Act is a United States federal law originally enacted in 1863 to recover fraudulently acquired funds from government contractors.  In 1986, The False Claims Act was amended to increase... more +
The False Claims Act is a United States federal law originally enacted in 1863 to recover fraudulently acquired funds from government contractors.  In 1986, The False Claims Act was amended to increase whistleblower incentives and to permit the government to seek treble damages for allegations of fraud against the government less -
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HHS to Audit Hospital Reporting of GPO Payments: GAO Report Suggests Further Scrutiny of GPO Shareback with Hospitals

On November 24, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) published a report examining the contracting practices and funding structures of health care group purchasing organizations (“GPOs”) and their potential...more

Government turns up the heat with the False Claims Act – 5 action steps for healthcare providers

Forbes magazine has dubbed 2014 “The Year of the Whistleblower.” For healthcare providers, this designation has translated into millions of dollars in fines and penalties and the initiation of criminal investigations. ...more

Pharmaceutical manufacturers beware: HHS OIG issues warning about copay coupon programs

The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a warning to pharmaceutical manufacturers, reminding them that copay coupons used for drugs purchased through federal healthcare...more

Blurring the Lines between False Claims Act Litigation and Putative Federal Malpractice Law: The DOJ Quietly Invokes “Worthless...

On October 10, 2014, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a civil settlement agreement (the “Settlement”) with Extendicare Heath Services, Inc. and its subsidiary Progress Step Corporation (collectively,...more

Department of Justice Files First False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Physician-Owned Distributorship

On Sept. 8, 2014, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a 98-page civil complaint alleging that investment returns, paid to a Michigan spinal surgeon and other physicians by a spinal implant company partially...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network Affecting 4.5 Million Individuals – Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported this week that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by...more

HHS Heat Initiative Continues Fraud Crackdown

A number of recent cases demonstrate Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team’s (“HEAT”) continued success in cracking down on healthcare provider fraud. Since 2009, the...more

Healthcare Law: What Every Provider Should Know

Healthcare is an incredibly broad, diverse and dynamic industry. Because of the breadth in the field, providers are surrounded by a wide array of legal issues relating to: employment contracts, taxes, business structure,...more

OIG Releases Semiannual Report to Congress Showing Rise in Enforcement Activities

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its Semiannual Report to Congress reporting big enforcement numbers related to its activities during the six-month period from October...more

Pricing Issues Affecting Laboratories

Craig Holden co-presented "New Compliance Red Flags Workshop," a workshop hosted by G2 Intelligence. Over the past five years, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services have recovered $19.2 billion from...more

Halifax Pays $85 Million to Resolve Improper Physician Compensation Arrangement Claims Brought by Employee-Whistleblower

Since January 2009, the DOJ has recovered more than $13.4 billion through False Claims Act cases involving fraud against federal health care programs, and last month, Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing, Inc....more

CMS Issues New Policy on Disclosure of Physician Payment Information

On January 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will release Medicare expenditure data on specific physicians under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This new “transparency”...more

2013 Amendments to New York’s False Claims Act

New York recently amended its False Claims Act (New York State Finance Law § 187, et seq.) (the “NY FCA”) in response to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ findings that the NY FCA was...more

HHS Says Qualified Health Plans Are Not ‘Federal Health Care Programs’

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that qualified health plans (QHPs) established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—which include federally-facilitated insurance exchanges and federal...more

Dodging the AKS: Marketplace Plans Are Not "Federal Health Care Programs"

In an October 30th letter addressed to Congressman Jim McDermott, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, left little to interpretation: Qualified health plans (QHPs) purchased through...more

Health Update -- Oct 23, 2013

Mapping The New Fraud And Abuse Landscape - In an age of increased government scrutiny and enforcement, providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, along with their business partners,...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - October 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..Judge Orders $237.4 Million Penalty Against Tuomey for Stark Law and False Claims Act Violations ..Glitches and Demand Lead to Marketplace Frustration ..HHS Delays Small...more

"Health Care Enforcement Update: What Is in Store for the Next Five Years"

While predicting enforcement trends over the next five years is not without uncertainty, the best marker for future activity may be to look to the past. We believe that industry members and counsel can expect the Department...more

HHS Proposes Clarifications for Market Reform Regulations and New Exchange-Related Obligations But Leaves Key Questions Unanswered

The proposed rule imposes new requirements on health insurance issuers offering Qualified Health Plans through Health Insurance Exchanges and clarifies other obligations for various market reforms and the Premium...more

Healthcare Providers And Self-Disclosure Of Violations

The healthcare industry has a long history of innovative compliance policies and strategies. ...more

$25.5 Million Settlement Agreement Reached Between Intermountain Health Care, Inc. and the United States Based on Self Disclosure...

On April 3, 2013, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Intermountain Health Care, Inc. (Intermountain) entered into a settlement agreement resolving Intermountain’s potential liability under the Stark Law and False Claims Act....more

OIG Issues Updated Guidelines on State False Claims Laws

On March 15, HHS OIG issued updated guidelines regarding how it will evaluate State false claims acts. Under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, States became eligible for financial incentives (i.e., retaining a larger share...more

Health Care Enforcement in 2012: A Year in Review

Last year was another busy year in health care fraud enforcement. In 2012, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG) reported total expected recoveries of $6.9 billion from all...more

The Healthcare Industry And The Voluntary Disclosure Process

It is always important to consider how different parts of the government handle voluntary disclosures. The FCPA enforcement initiative has been largely the result of the voluntary disclosure process, and the government...more

HHS and DOJ Release Annual Report on Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program, Which Recovered $4.2 Billion in FY 2012

On February 13, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released their annual report for fiscal year 2012 on the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC). ...more

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