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Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce the release of its fifth annual Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Review 2016. The Review, compiled by the firm’s Healthcare Fraud Task Force, is an industry-leading guide to healthcare...more

ASLMS Annual Meeting Special Coverage: Legal and Compliance Issues Impacting Medical Practices Using Laser Technology

by Ruder Ware on

Medical practices that routinely use laser technology are subject to some of the same legal issues as other types of practices. Use of lasers creates additional compliance issues and highlights certain compliance risk areas....more

Three Recent Fraud Cases Involving Dermatologists Illustrate Primary Compliance Risks in Dermatology Practices

by Ruder Ware on

Three relatively recent cases involving dermatology billing practices illustrate some of the main compliance risks faced by dermatology practices...more

When is a Physician Liable for Stark Law Violations?

by Ruder Ware on

I frequently hear attorneys claim the Stark law applies equally to hospitals and physicians. This position is sometimes taken in the process of negotiating a transaction between a hospital and a physician or physician group....more

Federal district court interprets Stark Laws writing requirement

by Dentons on

On March 15, 2017, the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, ruling on cross motions for summary judgment in U.S. ex rel. Tullio Emanuele v. Medicor Associates Inc. et al., provided the first...more

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Healthcare Leaders cite Fraud and Abuse Laws as Obstacle to Value-Based Arrangements

As the healthcare industry moves towards value-based purchasing, pay-for-performance, and other payment reform models, industry leaders have identified federal fraud and abuse laws as a barrier to full implementation of such...more

Direct Primary Care: Getting Calls from Patients While Avoiding Calls from Law Enforcement

by Snell & Wilmer on

For providers interested in simplifying the provider-patient relationship, one option is direct primary care. Ironically, though, simplification can be complicated, particularly when the government is involved. One of the...more

New OIG Exclusion Authority Rule Set To Go Into Effect on March 21, 2017

On January 12, 2017, just a week prior to President Trump’s Inauguration, the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final Rule (Rule) regarding one of its most important...more

New Medicare Fraud Defense: “My Mom Made Me Do It!”

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Charged with 33 counts of Medicare fraud netting some $45 million in false claims, Richard Tinimbang invoked a novel defense: “My mom made me do it!” That, according to Law360, is the gist of the opening statement of...more

The Case of the Very Very Impossibly Long, Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by Ruder Ware on

How Fraud and Abuse Cases Arise in a Medical Practice - It is no secret many doctors work very long days. Some days are worse and some are better than others. As a compliance lawyer, my job is to attempt to prevent...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse in the Middle District of Florida in 2016 - a Year in Review

by Carlton Fields on

The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Middle District of Florida (USAO-MDFL) prosecuted several civil health care fraud matters in 2016 and issued related press releases. A review of the USAO-MDFL’s criminal and...more

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

by Burr & Forman on

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

Failure to Plead Objective Falsity Dooms Cardiologist’s FCA Complaint

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A number of recent FCA decisions have grappled with the question of objective falsity, particularly in the context of FCA claims where the alleged falsity is premised on a lack of medical necessity in connection with the...more

2016 Health Care Year in Review

by Burr & Forman on

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

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

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

DOJ Announces Settlement with Tuomey CEO Following Yates Memo Directive to Hold Individuals Accountable

by King & Spalding on

The Department of Justice’s recent settlement with a healthcare system executive indicates a continued focus on pursuing individuals in enforcement actions. On September 27, 2016, the DOJ announced it reached a $1 million...more

Health Care E-Note - September 2016

by Burr & Forman on

In an article published in the September 2016 MASA Newsletter, Jim Hoover and Angie Cameron Smith discuss how physicians should properly respond to subpoenas and requests for patients’ health information. They stress how...more

Healthcare Compliance: Juggling Risk Mitigation Strategies

by Michael Volkov on

Healthcare organizations – ranging from physician practice groups to large, multi-state hospital systems – face a variety of risks, including fraud and abuse, as well as HIPAA privacy issues. Starting from a baseline risk...more

Provider-Based Rule and Stark—Is Joint Compliance Impossible in 2017?

by Morgan Lewis on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be putting hospitals in an untenable position if recent proposed rulemaking is implemented as is. In its proposal for acting on legislation reducing payments to new,...more

Hospital/Physician Leases Compliance Checklist

by Carlton Fields on

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: A "no" answer to any of the following questions may mean your lease is out of compliance with applicable laws. Is the lease in writing? Is the lease signed by both parties? Does it...more

Are Changes to the Stark Law on the Way?

by Polsinelli on

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 Examines Repeal of the Stark Law

by Morgan Lewis on

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

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

Compliance Reminder — DOJ Announces Largest Healthcare Fraud Takedown

by Michael Volkov on

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

Insurer Actions Cut the Heart Out of Out-of-Network Providers

by BakerHostetler on

Aetna Life Insurance Company recently won a $37 million verdict against a group of Northern California surgical centers, Bay Area Surgical Management, LLC and its affiliates (collectively, Bay Area), for an alleged...more

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