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Recent Department of Justice Crackdown on Fraud and Abuse

As reported by the New York Times in an article dated July 13, 2017, in an effort to crack down on fraud and abuse, and with a particular focus on opioids, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) is charging 412 individuals for...more

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

Amounts Billed Do Not Indicate Fair Market Value In FCA Case

by Reed Smith on

Our day job has been keeping us busy, so busy with depositions, motions, delayed flights, and assorted drama that we have not posted in more than a month. After such a long layoff, we had hoped to return with a vengeance, a...more

Court Overreaches in Requiring Medical Necessity Determination by Labs

by Jones Day on

On June 9, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied a motion to dismiss brought by a laboratory in U.S. ex rel. Groat v. Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp., 2017 WL 2533341. Part of the grounds for...more

The Circuits are Split: The Ambiguity of a Regulation May Not ‘Foreclose a Finding of Scienter’ in False Claims Act Cases

by K&L Gates LLP on

A split now exists among the circuit courts as to whether a defendant’s assertion of a “reasonable interpretation defense” precludes a finding of a “knowing” mens rea under the False Claims Act (the “FCA”). On May 26, 2017,...more

Electronic Health Records Vendor Agrees to $155 Million Settlement to Resolve FCA Allegations, Required to Make Free Upgrades to...

by King & Spalding on

On May 31, 2017, the DOJ announced a $155 million settlement with eClinicalWorks (ECW), one of the nation’s largest electronic health records (EHR) vendors, to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit brought by a whistleblower. ...more

After Escobar, Lower Courts Build On The “Materiality” Analysis for False Claims Act Lawsuits

by Saul Ewing LLP on

It’s been just over a year since the Supreme Court’s seminal False Claims Act (“FCA”) decision Universal Health Servs., Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar. In the wake of Escobar, the lower courts are confronted with...more

Genesis Healthcare Settlement with Federal Government

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 16th, 2017, The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a $53.6 million dollar settlement with Genesis Healthcare Inc. (“Genesis”) over six federal whistleblower lawsuits alleging that subsidiaries of the...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

Genesis Healthcare Enters $53.6 Million Settlement

by King & Spalding on

On June 16, 2017, the Department of Justice announced that Genesis Healthcare paid $53.6 million to resolve six False Claims Act whistleblower lawsuits filed by seven of Genesis’ former employees. The lawsuits alleged that...more

Court Puts the Brakes on Whistleblower's FCA Parking Claims

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that, in fiscal year 2016 ending September 30, it obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims. More than half of this...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

Reasonable Interpretation of Ambiguous Regulation May Not Preclude False Claims Act Liability

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent appellate court ruling governing all federal court cases in Florida, Georgia and Alabama establishes that a defendant in a False Claims Act (FCA) case cannot rely on a defense that there was no intent to defraud the...more

False Claims Act Settlement with eClinicalWorks Raises Questions for Electronic Health Record Software Vendors

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On May 31, 2017, the US Department of Justice announced a Settlement Agreement under which eClinicalWorks, a vendor of electronic health record software, agreed to pay $155 million and enter into a five-year Corporate...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Objective Falsity and Medical Necessity Cases

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we will...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

A Striking EHR Settlement: The DOJ pursues an EHR Vendor for "Causing the Submission" of False EHR Incentive Payment Claims

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On May 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $155 million settlement with eClinical Works (ECW), a nationally-known electronic health records (EHR) software vendor. The settlement arises out of a lawsuit,...more

Who Says Ignorance of the Law Is No Excuse?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

If you think that ignorance of the law is no excuse, take a look at the Eleventh Circuit’s opinion in US ex rel. Phalp v. Lincare Holdings. It leaves no doubt that in a False Claims Act case, ignorance can be a solid defense....more

FCA Deeper Dive: Express Certification

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we are...more

Florida Federal District Court Denies Government’s Attempt To Submit Statement of Interest In False Claims Act Case Where...

by King & Spalding on

On April 26, 2017, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida denied the government’s motion for leave to submit a “statement of interest” in a False Claims Act (FCA) action in which the government...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Pleading the Alleged Fraud Scheme

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we are...more

FCA Issues to Watch: FCA Claims Concerning Physician Compensation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Physician employment arrangements with hospitals have remained a significant area of regulatory scrutiny in recent months with the announcement of several high profile settlements and decisions in key FCA cases involving...more

Third Circuit joins other circuits in enforcing Escobar's strict materiality requirement

by DLA Piper on

The Third Circuit has affirmed the district court's dismissal of a relator's claims in United States ex rel. Petratos, et al. v. Genentech Inc, et al, a False Claims Act (FCA) case alleging that the defendants-appellees...more

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