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Huge Stark Law Hospital Settlements and Physician Culpability - The New Normal Post-Tuomey?

After the federal government’s victory against Tuomey Hospital, we have seen an increasing number of large False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with hospitals involving Stark Law allegations. Relators are even citing, as...more

Removing the Barriers to Coordinated Care: the Stark Law

August 10, 2015 was the 22nd anniversary of the expansion of the Medicare self-referral prohibition to include 10 “designated health services” in addition to clinical laboratory tests. This law is the so-called Stark Law....more

Adventist to Pay $118.7 Million Settlement in Whistleblower Lawsuit

On Monday, September 21, 2015, the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Florida-based Adventist Healthcare, whereby the company will pay $118.7 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. $115 million, the bulk of...more

Giving Your Physician Agreements a Check-Up

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a fraud alert regarding physician compensation relationships and potential liability for illegal kickbacks under the...more

Baker Donelson Comments on CMS's Proposed Changes to the Stark Regulations - September 2015

The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., sincerely appreciates the opportunity to comment upon the proposed clarifications and changes to the Stark regulations issued by the Centers and Medicare...more

Practices, Optics and Implications: A Cautionary Tale from the North Broward Hospital District Settlement

The $69.5 million settlement by North Broward Hospital District in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to resolve False Claims Act allegations paints a cautionary tale of the importance of hospital practices and optics in connection...more

Two More Hospitals Qualify for Exception to Exception to Grandfather Exception to Elimination of Whole Hospital Exception to Stark...

The Stark Law generally prohibits physicians from referring Medicare and Medicaid patients to facilities in which they have an ownership interest. There used to be a “whole hospital exception” excluding entire hospitals (as...more

Broward Health Wins Most-Illegal-Physician-Comp

Okay, there’s not really a Most-Illegal-Physician-Compensation Prize. But if there were, Florida’s North Broward Hospital District would have won in a walk. That’s why the district has agreed to pay the government $69.5...more

Pain Clinic Raids: Blocking and Tackling Drills for Physician Practices

Every day, medical providers are asked to serve a population that largely expects their healthcare to be free, and that everything they want is covered by insurance or government. Providers want to serve these wants and...more

Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Newsletter

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! The Unexpected Laws that May Affect Your Telehealth Business - An increasing number of health care providers are exploring telemedicine, either as an adjunct to their primary physical...more

Alert: Key Regulatory Considerations for Digital Health Companies

Digital health is a growing field that promises improved patient education, wellness, engagement, access to care, and outcomes, among other things. However, with these new technologies come unique regulatory concerns that...more

Stark Law - Is Relief in Sight?

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published proposed revisions to the regulations implementing the physician self-referral law, or Stark Law. If enacted, these revisions could allow...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2015 #5

CMS Releases 2014 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Results - On August 25, 2015, CMS issued its 2014 quality and financial performance results for 20 ACOs in the Pioneer ACO Model and 333 Medicare Shared Savings Program...more

CMS Proposes Exceptions, Revisions and Requests Comments to Ease Stark Law Compliance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed regulatory changes to the Stark Law that may ease certain compliance challenges. The Physician Self-Referral Law, located at 42 U.S.C. § 1395nn, and its...more

Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement: CMS adopts mandatory approach to payment reform

On July 9, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule that seeks to implement a mandatory episode-based payment model for lower extremity joint replacement (and reattachment) care in...more

Proposed Changes to Stark Rule Would Create New Hospital Exceptions and Lessen Burden of Self-Disclosures

In a development that is limited in scope but still welcomed by hospitals, the proposed 2016 Physician Fee Schedule proposes a number of new exceptions to the physician self-referral or Stark law and other refinements that...more

Proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Includes Changes to Stark Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") recently released the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (the "Proposed Rule"), which includes a number of proposed revisions to the regulations under the...more

Corridors September 2015 - News for North Carolina Hospitals

This article will provide an outline of some of the most significant points for hospitals to use when confronted with a formal government investigation under the Criminal or Civil False Claims Act. As noted below, you should...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - August 2015 #4

President Obama Signs Outpatient Status Notification Bill On August 6, 2015, President Obama signed the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act. This legislation requires hospitals...more

The Difficulty Of Challenging FCA Fine As Excessive

Last month, in U.S. ex rel. Drakeford v. Tuomey, No. 13-2219, (4th Cir. July 2, 2015), the Fourth Circuit affirmed a False Claims Act verdict against a nonprofit hospital in Sumter, South Carolina. In an area of the law where...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 5, Number 3

RESPONDING TO SUBPOENAS AND OTHER REQUESTS FOR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION: TAKE THEM AT FACE VALUE - Healthcare providers and other HIPAA covered entities receive requests for protected health information (“PHI”) from...more

Free Patient Parking May Trigger False Claims Act Violation

Who knew? When you park for free at your doctor’s office, you may be a pawn in a scheme to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, and the False Claims Act. It’s enough to make you sick....more

OIG Issues Two Favorable Advisory Opinions

OIG recently issued two favorable advisory opinions. On August 12, 2015, OIG approved a program that provides a free cancer drug approved under the FDA’s Breakthrough Therapy Designation to patients who meet certain criteria...more

CMS Stark Proposals Allow “Holdover” Arrangements and Signature Window

In July 2015, CMS released proposals to provide several new Stark Law exceptions and to clarify issues regarding existing exceptions. The full text of these proposal and CMS comments and explanations is available below....more

Health Law Pulse - August 2015

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable advisory opinion (Advisory Opinion) to a nonprofit health system (System) and a nonprofit psychiatric hospital (Center) regarding a proposal whereby the...more

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