Medicare False Claims Act (FCA)

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False Claims Act Alert: Fourth Circuit Punts on Sampling and Extrapolation

Tuesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the interlocutory appeal in United States ex rel. Michaels v. Agape Senior Community, Inc.. In an opinion considering two significant questions arising under the qui tam...more

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

According to the United States Government, fraud and abuse recovery has an excellent return for each investment dollar spent. According to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Report,released by the...more

Another Court Agrees That A Difference Of Opinion On Medical Necessity Is Insufficient to Show Falsity Under the False Claims Act

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah joined the AseraCare court and others in finding that a relator cannot successfully allege violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) based on a purported lack of...more

District Court Dismisses FCA Allegations Based Upon Difference of Medical Opinion

This month, the United States District Court for the District of Utah dismissed a relator’s allegations that a cardiac surgeon and two hospitals based in Utah violated the federal False Claims Act (FCA) by billing Medicare...more

Alleging Improper Use of Funds Legitimately Obtained from the Government Insufficient to State FCA Retaliation Claim

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas has dismissed an FCA retaliation claim brought by a nurse who claimed to have blown the whistle on misuse of funds at a hospital that received significant federal...more

OIG Report Indicates Areas of Hospice Fraud Vulnerability and Issues a Warning to Hospice Providers

The HHS Office of Inspector General recently released a report indicating deficiencies in hospice election statements and physician certification of patient eligibility for hospice care. Medicare hospice care provides help...more

2016 – Health Law Year in Review

We are pleased to present our annual review of developments in the field of health law. The year was marked by key changes in False Claims Act jurisprudence and Medicare payment policy. 2016 also brought with it focused...more

Health Care Institutions

Originally published in Haig, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition §§ 87:1 et seq. © 2016 American Bar Association. This chapter discusses federal court litigation relating to health care...more

Healthcare Law Update: December 2016

Prompt Payment Discounts Not an Anti-Kickback Statute Violation - In United States of Am. et al. ex rel. Ruscher v. Omnicare, No. 15-20629, 2016 WL 6407128 (5th Cir. Oct. 28, 2016), the court of appeals affirmed summary...more

Universities Are Prime Targets for False Claims Act Liability

Colleges and universities receive billions of dollars in federal funds, whether through research grants or student financial aid, or even by billing Medicare or Medicaid for services rendered at academic medical centers. As a...more

2016 Health Care Year in Review

Since I began writing this year-end review in 2013, there have been some common themes – a shift to pay for quality and away from fee-for service, much of which has been brought about by the Affordable Care Act (ACA): efforts...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms that an Objectively Reasonable Interpretation of an Ambiguous Regulation Defeats Liability Under the False...

In United States ex rel. Donegan v. Anesthesia Associates of Kansas City, P.C., 833 F.3d 874 (8th Cir. 2016), the Eighth Circuit affirmed that a defendant cannot be liable under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) for claims for...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 Can Violation of a Condition of Participation Result in False Claims Act Liability? Update on Escobar’s Materiality Standard

In June, I published a blog article on a decision of the United States Supreme Court that appeared to change the law applicable to “false certification” in the 7th Judicial Circuit Circuit. The Supreme Court decision in...more

North District of California Misconstrues Express False Certification Liability

This summer, the Northern District of California issued an opinion in an intervened case that expanded the theory of express false certification to a startling degree. Ruling on a motion to dismiss, the court in U.S. ex rel....more

Lincoln’s Law Becomes Even More Absurd When Applied to the Health Care Industry

When Congress originally passed the False Claims Act (31 USC §§ 3729-3733), no one had the health care system in mind. The False Claims Act was also commonly referred to as the “Lincoln Law”. The original law was focused on...more

Supreme Court Implied False Certification Case Reargued to First Circuit

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit heard argument in United States ex rel. Escobar, et al. v. Universal Health Services, Inc. This case was sent back...more

Texas Court Holds Compliance Auditor Not Liable to Employer for Alleged Use of Confidential Information in FCA Suit Against...

A Texas appellate court recently affirmed a judgment against a healthcare consulting firm that claimed that its former employee had misappropriated its confidential information to use in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit...more

Recent Settlements Demonstrate the Reach and Versatility of the FCA

In recent years, civil enforcement efforts involving the FCA have grown significantly. Today, the FCA impacts a vast array of businesses, as it is commonly used to redress false claims for government funds involving...more

Lessons Learned from FCA Settlement Involving Waiver of Medicare Coinsurance Amounts

The waiver of copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles owed by patients treated by out-of-network laboratories and other providers is a hot topic in the health care industry. Despite the near absence of clear legal...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress remains in recess, but members write letters on Mylan’s EpiPen…CBO says repealing Part B Demo would cost $395 million…CMS releases data on hospice utilization and finds spending and utilization vary in...more

False Claims Act Lawsuits Increasingly Target Universities

Research universities have increasingly become targets for False Claims Act actions, both by private plaintiffs and by the government. Because the FCA began as a statute focused on government procurement and has only more...more

Executives Beware: CEO Pays $1 Million Out of His Own Pocket To Resolve False Claims Act Matter

Ralph “Jay” Cox III, the former Chief Executive Officer of Tuomey Healthcare Systems (“Tuomey”) in Sumter, South Carolina, recently paid $1 million to settle his involvement in Tuomey’s illegal billing practices under...more

Florida Federal District Court Dismisses Plaintiff’s Qui Tam Action Against Hospice Providers

On September 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted defendant hospice providers’ motions to dismiss plaintiff-relator’s claims under the False Claims Act, Florida’s False Claims...more

Can a Relator Plead with Particularity without Alleging that a Patient’s Bill was Submitted to the Government?

The Seventh Circuit says yes. Early this month, the Seventh Circuit reversed and remanded a district court’s holding that a qui tam Relator failed to properly plead a False Claims Act suit where the Complaint did not allege...more

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