Medicare False Claims Act (FCA)

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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

Raising Kane: CMS’s 60-Day Rule Commands More Than Treble Damages

In August 2015, we published a client advisory on the first judicial opinion interpreting the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “60-day overpayment rule,” which requires providers to “report and return” an overpayment of Medicare...more

Former Home Health Agency Owner Sentenced to 20 Years for $57MM Medicare Fraud

The US Department of Justice announced that Khaled Elbeblaswy, the former owner and manager three Miami-area home health agencies, was sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $36.4 million in restitution for his...more

60-Day Overpayment FCA Enforcement Action Results in $2.95 Million Settlement

On August 23, 2016, a New York hospital system settled False Claims Act (FCA) allegations that it violated the 60-day overpayment rule by improperly retaining Medicaid overpayments. The whistleblower alleged that three of the...more

US Supreme Court False Claims Act Decision in Escobar Has Significant Implications for Contractors

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the matter of Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016), changing the legal landscape for False Claims Act qui tam claims...more

Health Care Matters, Summer 2016

Special Masters in Health Care Antitrust Merger Cases: Resolving the Conflicting Interests - One of the most challenging aspects of antitrust cases in the health care field is the rich mixture of public interest...more

The Law Doesn’t Forbid Submitting False Claims

An Eighth Circuit decision provides a reminder that the False Claims Act doesn’t forbid submitting false claims: it forbids knowingly submitting false claims. That made all the difference in an appeal of summary judgment in...more

Texas Diagnostic Imaging Service Settles FCA Allegations for $3.5 Million; Whistle-Blower to Receive $596,700

A recent settlement illustrates the substantial recovery available to whistle-blowers under the FCA’s qui tam provisions. Those provisions allow a qui tam plaintiff to receive typically between 15 percent and 25 percent of...more

The Department of Justice Ups the Ante: Per Claim Penalties for False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute Violations Nearly...

On June 30, 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) published an interim file rule that dramatically increases the per claim penalties for violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) and the Anti-Kickback Statute (“AKS”) among...more

CMS Audit Practices: How false can you get?

Caring Hearts Personal Home Care Services provided physical therapy and skilled nursing services to homebound Medicare patients. During an audit, CMS determined that Caring Hearts provided services to patients who didn’t...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: August 2016

Since our last issue, we have identified 31 recently unsealed health care-related whistleblower cases. In this Qui Tam Update, we analyze the trends and take an in-depth look at a few noteworthy cases....more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

Check Up on Healthcare Fraud Prosecutions

Chief compliance officers face an overwhelming level of risk in the healthcare sector. I do not mean to belittle the risks of corruption, AML, sanctions and other risks typically associated with global companies. Healthcare...more

Are Changes to the Stark Law on the Way?

Congress has acknowledged that the Stark law is standing in the way of the healthcare industry's transition to alternative, value-based payment models, and in turn, meaningful reform may soon be on the horizon. Last...more

Senate Finance Committee Explores Revisions to Stark Law

At a July 12, 2016 hearing entitled “Examining the Stark Law: Current Issues and Opportunities,” members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee expressed openness to potentially significant amendments to the Stark Law aimed at...more

The Overpayment Rule and the Implied False Claims Theory: “What You Don’t Know Can Still Hurt You”

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) enacted new rules governing overpayments made by the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Under these rules, providers have 60 days from the date that the overpayment has been identified to...more

Department of Justice Imposes Almost 100% Increase in Minimum and Maximum Monetary Penalties Under FCA

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced an interim final rule almost doubling per-claim penalties under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The FCA still imposes treble damages for government losses in...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal For CVS Caremark Under Public Disclosure Bar

The FCA’s public disclosure bar precludes liability when a relator’s allegations have been publicly disclosed in a list of statutorily enumerated sources. Last week, the First Circuit added to the growing jurisprudence both...more

Senate Finance Committee Examines Repeal of the Stark Law

A new report suggests that the Stark law is obsolete in new payment models. On June 30, the US Senate Committee on Finance (the Committee) released the report Why Stark, Why Now? Suggestions to Improve the Stark Law to...more

Health Care Providers Put On Notice As False Claims Act Penalties Are Doubled

Effective August 1, 2016, Health care providers will be subject to significantly increased penalties for improperly receiving reimbursements from or avoiding payment to the Federal government. The U.S. Department of Justice...more

OIG Delivers Home Care a One – Two Punch: Release of Report and Alert on Home Health Fraud Highlights Increased OIG Scrutiny of...

On June 22, 2016, the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued two communications that underscore its continued focus on fraud in home health care, along with the role of physicians as “gate keepers” in authorizing...more

When Inside Knowledge Is a Handicap to a Whistleblower

Here’s a riddle: The whistleblower is a former employee of the defendant, with inside knowledge of the operations at the heart of his qui tam suit. How can that inside knowledge be a handicap in pressing his claim? A June...more

Compliance Reminder — DOJ Announces Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the DOJ announced the largest nationwide heath care fraud takedown in history, which resulted in criminal and civil charges against 301 individuals for alleged participation in health care fraud...more

Supreme Court ruling potentially expands false claims liability for healthcare providers

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled recently that the implied false certification theory may form the basis for liability under the False Claims Act (FCA), resolving a split of among the federal...more

Supreme Court Rejects Government's FCA Implied Certification Theory

The Supreme Court of the United States in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. Escobar et al., weighed in on and embraced the implied certification theory of liability within the False Claims Act (FCA)....more

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