Physicians False Claims Act (FCA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Court Dismisses Major False Claims Act Case Against Hospice Provider: Ruling Mere Difference of Medical Opinion is Insufficient...

On March 31, 2016, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in U.S. ex rel. Paradies v. AseraCare, Inc. dismissed a major False Claims Act case against a national hospice provider after ruling...more

Differences in Medical Opinion Are Not False Claims Act Violations

In an important win for hospice and other health care providers facing claims under the False Claims Act (FCA), a federal court in Alabama gave a summary judgment victory last week to hospice provider Aseracare Inc. Key...more

Health Care/Health Care Litigation Advisory: Update on the AseraCare False Claims Act Litigation – A Win for AseraCare and Health...

In November 2015, we published a client advisory on the closely watched AseraCare litigation and its potential impact on the falsity element under the False Claims Act (FCA). AseraCare involves allegations that a hospice...more

District Court Deals Blow to DOJ in False Claims Act Case

Last week, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama handed the Department of Justice (DOJ) a significant defeat by dismissing a False Claims Act (FCA) case against AseraCare, a national hospice...more

Judge Sides with AseraCare, Grants Summary Judgment in $200 Million FCA Case

Much like the rest of the health care world, we have been following the AseraCare case since May of last year when the Alabama federal district court granted AseraCare’s motion to bifurcate its False Claims Act (FCA) trial...more

False Claims Act Trial Sets Precedent for Future Cases

The DOJ’s theory of falsity based on clinical disagreement alone fails as a matter of law. In a closely watched False Claims Act (FCA) proceeding by the healthcare industry and FCA practitioners, the US District Court...more

Anti-Kickback Enforcement – Steady and Aggressive

When commentators criticize the FCPA for its broad coverage of international business operations, these same commentators would have real trouble with the US Anti-Kickback statute. Talk about broad coverage and then...more

Final Curtain Call for Tuomey: Long-Running FCA/Stark Case Settled

After 10 years of litigation, including two trials and appeals to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Tuomey Healthcare System (Tuomey) have entered into a settlement of DOJ's action...more

Record-breaking FCA settlements underscore importance of Stark Law compliance

In September and October, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced four record-breaking False Claims Act settlements – ranging from $25 million to $115 million – involving health care systems that allegedly made improper...more

Minimizing Exposure to Stark Law Liability in False Claims Act Cases by Isolating Those Who Determine Fair Market Value From Those...

I. Stark Law and False Claims Act - The FCA has become the primary enforcement vehicle for the Ethics in Patient Referrals Act, better known as the Stark Law. There are now more than 150 public cases citing to both the...more

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