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Physicians in the Bulls-eye

by BakerHostetler on

Several recently reported cases highlight the growing risk physicians face if they succumb to competitive pressures, especially offers of remuneration from labs, pharmacies, home health agencies and other providers to whom...more

Second Circuit Accepts Appeal of False Claims Act First-To-File Issues

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The Second Circuit recently agreed to accept an interlocutory appeal to decide the question whether a violation of the False Claims Act’s “first-to-file” rule compels dismissal of the complaint or whether it can be cured by...more

Physicians Maintain High Standards

by Burr & Forman on

By the time this article goes to print, a lot could change, so there’s no apparent use in guessing what will come of the next Repeal and Replace efforts or what’s happening at Main Justice. Nobody knows. The only certainties...more

Sixth Circuit: Technical Physician Signature Deficiencies not "Material" to Reimbursement Claims

by Jones Day on

The District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee held on June 22, 2017, that the timing requirements related to a physician's certification of need for home health services were not "material" to the Centers 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

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

Avoiding Risks with Referring Physician Compensation Arrangements

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The settlement described below highlights the importance of carefully structuring compensation arrangements with referring physicians, and the risk involved in trying to work backwards to achieve a desired level of...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

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

Proceed with Caution in Using New Process to Self-Report Stark Law Violations

by Barley Snyder on

Effective June 1, health care providers must use standardized forms for reporting Stark Law violations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These forms are part of a self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP)...more

FCA Issues to Watch: Intersection of the FCA and the Anti-Kickback Statute

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In the recent past, the government has racked up a number of FCA settlements based on alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). This focus undoubtedly will remain a high enforcement priority....more

Hospital and its Clinic Agree to $34 Million Settlement to False Claims Act Allegation that Compensation to Oncologists Violated...

Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a $34 million settlement with Mercy Hospital Springfield (“Hospital”) of Springfield, Missouri, and its affiliate Mercy Clinic (“Clinic”). The settlement resolves an...more

FCA Issues to Watch: Pharmaceutical and Device Developments | INSIDE THE FCA

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The government’s FCA enforcement efforts have continued to focus on key areas concerning the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. In fact, drug and device manufacturers accounted for nearly half of the enforcement...more

Health System Defeats FCA Suit Based on Alleged Provision of Free Parking Benefits and Tax Exemptions

by King & Spalding on

On April 18, 2017, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida adopted the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation and granted BayCare Health System’s (BayCare’s) motion for summary judgment. The...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

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

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