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President’s Proposed Budget Increases Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Funding

Much of the discussion surrounding President Trump’s 2018 budget blueprint has focused on cuts, but one proposed budget increase shows the new administration is likely to continue focusing on healthcare fraud enforcement. ...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

The Case of the Very Very Impossibly Long, Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

How Fraud and Abuse Cases Arise in a Medical Practice - It is no secret many doctors work very long days. Some days are worse and some are better than others. As a compliance lawyer, my job is to attempt to prevent...more

HHS Report Acknowledges Complications of Fraud and Abuse Statutes on Value-Based Arrangements

HHS posted a report to Congress on its website in August 2016 that responds to the requirements in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to offer legislative and regulatory suggestions regarding the...more

Fourth Circuit Permits DOJ to Reject an FCA Settlement, But Punts Decision on Statistical Sampling

In a closely watched False Claims Act (“FCA”) case, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has an unreviewable right to object to a proposed settlement agreement between a relator...more

DOJ/OIG Update on FY 2016 Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Recoveries

Federal health fraud recoveries for FY 2016 totaled $3.3 billion, according to the latest HCFAC program annual report. The HCFAC program is credited with more than $31.0 billion in Medicare Trust Funds recoveries since it...more

Affordable Care Act Repeal

Recently the Wall Street Journal stated the New England Journal of Medicine published an op-ed by President Obama in which he critiqued the Republicans’ strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and then replace it at a...more

CMS and OIG Issue Notice of Amended Waivers for Next Generation ACO Model

On December 29, 2016, CMS and OIG issued a Notice of Amended Waivers of Certain Fraud and Abuse Laws in Connection with the Next Generation ACO Model (the 2016 Notice). The 2016 Notice does not change or limit arrangements...more

Health Care Enforcement Review and 2017 Outlook: Yates Memo in Action

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2017, our Health Care Enforcement Defense team brings you its annual review of key government policies, regulations, and enforcement actions in 2016, and the impact these trends are expected to...more

OIG Approves Another Medigap/Preferred Hospital Network Arrangement in Advisory Opinion 16-11

On November 3, 2016, the OIG issued another favorable Advisory Opinion, No. 16–11, regarding an agreement between a Medigap insurer and preferred hospital network. The OIG has issued several opinions regarding similar...more

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

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

When Does An Overpayment Become Fraud? How Simple Inattention Can Expose You to Penalties for Fraudulent Activities

If you are involved in any way in the health care system, it should be obvious by now that the government has committed ever increasing resources to the prosecution of fraud and abuse cases. Simply put, from a governmental...more

Looking Ahead to a Trump Administration: Health Care and Life Sciences Industry Perspectives

Observers are digesting what the Trump Administration will mean for the health care and life sciences industry. Forecasting is more challenging for this incoming Administration than most given the relatively sparse policy...more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Old Dog, New Tricks: Fraud and Abuse in the Age of Payment Reform

McDermott’s Managing the Transition to Transformation series is designed to help health systems and other health care industry leaders address the many challenges presented by the transformation in payment and care delivery...more

OIG Determines Most Medicare Chiropractic Service Claims Don’t Comply with Medicare Rules

The OIG estimates that, CMS made $358.8 million in improper Medicare payments for chiropractic services in 2013 – totaling 82 percent of Medicare chiropractic services in that period (note, however, that these findings were...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

CMS Re-proposes Ban on Per-Click Fees for Space and Equipment Leases under Stark

In the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CY 2017 MPFS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed updates to the physician self-referral law (Stark law). The primary Stark law update focused on...more

Proposed Cardiac, Hip, and Femur Episode Payment Models Are Next Generation from BPCI and CJR

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on July 25, 2016, entitled, Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and...more

OIG Gives Green Light to Hospice Provider’s Payment to Nursing Facilities

Last week, the OIG issued a favorable opinion to a hospice provider seeking to make supplemental payments to skilled nursing facilities. Under the proposed arrangement, the hospice provider would make a supplemental payment...more

Senate Finance Committee Report Concludes Stark Law Change Is Necessary to Drive Health Care Reform

In its report, Why Stark, Why Now? [PDF], released June 30, 2016, the Senate Committee on Finance outlines suggested changes to the physician self-referral law, 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn, (the Stark law) in order to facilitate and...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

Senate Committee Releases Report on Potential Stark Law Changes, Hearing Scheduled

On June 30, 2016, the Senate Finance Committee’s Republican staff issued a 20-page report discussing comments made by industry stakeholders after a December 2015 round-table on the future of the physician self-referral law,...more

Health Care IT Program Discusses Alternative Payment Model Opportunities

A distinguished panel of providers, consultants and IT firms convened on Tuesday, June 21st in New York at the Foley and Lardner LLP offices to share a discussion focused on the convergence of IT spend and new value based...more

OIG Approves Wholly Owned Group Purchasing Organization

In Advisory Opinion 16-06, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) approved a proposal whereby the ownership of a group purchasing organization (GPO) would be restructured so that the GPO will be wholly owned by the same...more

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