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Short Wins - The "The Victims A Person Is Convicted Of Defrauding Have To Be The Same Ones As The Ones He Was Indicted For...

Last week was a busy week in the federal circuits. There's a lot there to be interested in, especially if you have a case at the intersection of mental health issues and the law....more

Do You Know What Your Hospital Board Members Are Doing?

David Chandler was appointed to serve as chairman of Tri-Lakes Medical Center (TLMC), a community hospital in Panola County, Mississippi. As chairman, Chandler set board meeting agendas, regularly dealt with the administrator...more

J&J Gets $1.2 Billion Pass on Risperdal Fine

Two years ago, healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson was facing a $1.2 billion judgment after a jury determined J&J concealed the risks of its antipsychotic drug Risperdal while it aggressively and improperly marketed it...more

Part II: Exploration of Common Exceptions to the Stark Law

In this Presentation: Kristin Cilento Carter presented “Exploration of Common Exceptions to the Stark Law” as part of the program “Stark Physician Self-Referral Law,” an installment in the Fraud and Abuse Basics...more

Rx for Fraud: Electronic Health Records

By pursuing a mandate to digitize medical records, the federal government hopes to improve patient care and reduce costs. But recent reports by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) indicate that fraud prevention policies...more

The Louisiana Supreme Court's Decision In Caldwell v. Janssen And The Broader Implications

On January 28, 2014, the Supreme Court of Louisiana set aside a judgment of $257 million in civil penalties that a lower court had entered in favor of the state against Janssen under the Louisiana Medicaid false claims act,...more

Short Wins - A Dog's Breakfast Of Victories

It's a grab bag of victories in the federal circuits for last week. A few sentencing remands - including one based on a loss calculation in a health care fraud case - but the most interesting remand is in the First Circuit's...more

New York Reports Record-Breaking Medicaid Fraud Recoveries In 2013

In an official press release issued on February 3, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo stated that 2013 was “the largest single year of recoveries of taxpayer dollars in the history of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector...more

Record Numbers for Medicare Fraud Task Force Prosecutions in 2013

On January 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that its Medicare Fraud Task Force had “set record numbers for health care prosecutions in Fiscal Year 2013.” ...more

Predictions For Top 10 Healthcare Stories For 2014

The past year was one of the most eventful in recent memory for healthcare policy. As the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") continued its inexorable, albeit at times wobbly, march towards implementation, the headlines became more...more

False Claim Act: 2013 Year in Review

Last year continued the trend of robust False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and proliferating qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers on behalf of the United States. In 2012, DOJ...more

OIG Releases Report on EHR Fraud Controls

On December 11, 2013, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report examining provider use of certain fraud controls in certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. OIG’s survey of 864 hospitals found...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Alert: What CMS’s New Billing Requirement For “Incident To” Services Means For Medicare Providers.

In the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014 (“2014 PFS”), CMS implemented a new condition of payment for “incident to” services that has significant fraud and abuse implications for any Medicare provider who relies...more

2013 Healthcare Year In Review

Bob Dylan's quote from 1964 -- "The Times They Are A-Changin" -- could equally apply to the healthcare industry in 2013. This was the year that the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") came into full public view with the start of the...more

Consumer Fraud Complaints Rise With Rollout of Affordable Care Act Exchanges

Criminal Prosecutions Expected in 2014 Related to ACA Fraud - Last month's troubled rollout of HealthCare.gov, the federal marketplace for online health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...more

HHS's Mixed Messages: Identifying a Federal Healthcare Program When You See It

Recent seemingly contrary determinations by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have fueled industry speculation regarding whether qualified health plans (QHPs) available on the health insurance exchanges...more

California Insurance Commissioner Announces Settlement with Sutter Hospitals Over False Claims Allegations

Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced yesterday that Sutter Health, which operates over 20 hospitals in northern California, agreed to pay $46 million and change its billing and disclosure of anesthesia charges and...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - October 2013 - Issue 3

In This Issue: - Top News ..Deal to Raise Debt Ceiling, End Shutdown Yields No Major Changes to Health Care Law ..Problems with HealthCare.gov Website Continue; HHS Working to Fix Issues ..Kaiser Study...more

Another major medical data breach in California

Or….why are health care institutions still leaving laptops containing PHI unencrypted???? The Los Angeles Times (the “Times”) reported this week the theft of two laptops from an administrative office of hospital group...more

New York Appellate Court Affirms No Coverage Under Computer Fraud Coverage

In its recent decision in Universal American Corp. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburg, PA, 2013 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 6278 (N.Y. 1st Dep’t Oct. 1, 2013), the New York Appellate Division, First Department, had...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - September 24, 2013

With a week until a potential government shutdown and a week until open enrollment begins, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in the limelight. On September 20, the House voted for a continuing resolution that funds the...more

New Survey Underscores Providers' Responsibility for Preventing Medical ID Theft

The Ponemon Institute's recent publication of its fourth annual 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft (Survey) confirmed what many in the healthcare industry already knew: identity theft is a serious and often overlooked...more

Interagency Initiative Targets Consumer Fraud in the ACA Exchange Marketplace

Yesterday, the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced an interagency initiative to prevent consumer fraud and...more

Lawsuit Based on Kickback, Stark Law Violations Sustained; Civil Suit Offers Additional Option to Counter Competitor's Illegal...

Hospitals, laboratories, and other health care providers that rely on referrals from other health professionals may encounter situations where competitors have entered into arrangements with physicians or other referral...more

Massachusetts Launches New Program to Combat Provider Fraud

Last week, the Massachusetts’ Secretary of Health and Human Services, John Polanowicz, announced the launch of a new $5 million program designed to detect and prevent provider fraud, waste, and abuse in MassHealth, the...more

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