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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

CMS Announces Plans to Streamline the Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

On May 6, 2016, CMS published a notice (Notice), required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), seeking public comment on its plans to revise the information collected under the Medicare Self-referral Disclosure Protocol...more

Legal Issues Associated with Multi-Provider Alternative Payment Model

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both federal and state policies have promoted the adoption of alternative payment models (APMs), providing financial incentives for groups of providers to improve care...more

Finance Committee Report Places Medical Device Arrangements under Increasing Scrutiny

Hospitals and providers participating in physician-owned distributorships, or “PODs” may be at increased risk for government investigation or enforcement. A Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Report issued this month highlights...more

Physician-Owned Distributor (POD) Update

For some time, we have been reporting on issues involving federal government scrutiny of physician-owned distributors ("PODs"). From the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s ("OIG") issuance...more

CMS Unveils Revised Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol

On May 6, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed revisions to its Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP), through which providers may disclose actual or potential violations...more

CMS Proposes Extension of Medicare Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Lookback Period to Six Years

CMS has published a notice inviting comments on a revised Medicare Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP), which is a vehicle for providers and suppliers to voluntarily self-disclose actual or potential violations of the...more

2016 Stark Law Updates

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2016 Medicare Fee Schedule (the "Schedule") in an effort to facilitate compliance with the Physician Self-Referral Law (the "Stark Law"). Generally, absent an...more

Analysis of New Timeshare Arrangement Exception to the Stark Law – Part 1

On July 15, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a series of rules that would create new exceptions to the Stark law, in addition to clarifying other provisions of the Stark law. One of the newly...more

Two New Exceptions to Stark to Become Effective in the New Year

Starting January 1, 2016, physicians and certain health care organizations will be able to take advantage of two new exceptions to the physician self-referral law (commonly referred to as the “Stark Law”). Stark contains two...more

[Webinar] 2016 OIG Work Plan: Focus on Compliance - Dec. 10th, 12:00pm ET

This webinar will include an overview of OIG’s new and ongoing areas of focus related to hospitals and physicians. The focus of the discussion will be the practical impact of these key enforcement priorities on planning and...more

Final Stark Law Regulations Published by CMS

As previously discussed here and on our Health Industry Washington Watch blog here the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released final regulations under the physician self-referral law known as the Stark...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

Advisory Opinion: Free van shuttle services to medical facilities

On October 21, 2015 the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General posted Advisory Opinion No. 15-13. This Opinion relates to a request for Advisory Opinion about a plan to offer free van shuttle...more

Limited Modifications in Final ACO Fraud and Abuse Waivers Most Notably Include Cut of Gainsharing CMP Waiver

Nearly four years after publishing their joint interim final rule with comment period, effective November 2, 2011 (IFC), the OIG and CMS (Agencies) have finalized the waivers of various fraud and abuse laws in the context of...more

CMS finalizes significant Stark Law rulemaking

In July of this year, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed significant changes to the regulations implementing the federal physician self referral law...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

CMS/OIG Finalize Fraud Authority Waivers for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program...

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) have finalized a rule designed to “remove legal and regulatory barriers that can impede care coordination in furtherance of the...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

Suing the Hand that Feeds You

Jeffrey Jacobs alleges that Idaho’s Pocatello Hospital violated the False Claims Act because of physician recruitment contracts that were overly generous to his practice group. Jeff should know because he was recruited under...more

Huge Stark Law Hospital Settlements and Physician Culpability - The New Normal Post-Tuomey?

After the federal government’s victory against Tuomey Hospital, we have seen an increasing number of large False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with hospitals involving Stark Law allegations. Relators are even citing, as...more

Removing the Barriers to Coordinated Care: the Stark Law

August 10, 2015 was the 22nd anniversary of the expansion of the Medicare self-referral prohibition to include 10 “designated health services” in addition to clinical laboratory tests. This law is the so-called Stark Law....more

Adventist to Pay $118.7 Million Settlement in Whistleblower Lawsuit

On Monday, September 21, 2015, the Department of Justice announced a settlement with Florida-based Adventist Healthcare, whereby the company will pay $118.7 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. $115 million, the bulk of...more

Baker Donelson Comments on CMS's Proposed Changes to the Stark Regulations - September 2015

The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., sincerely appreciates the opportunity to comment upon the proposed clarifications and changes to the Stark regulations issued by the Centers and Medicare...more

Practices, Optics and Implications: A Cautionary Tale from the North Broward Hospital District Settlement

The $69.5 million settlement by North Broward Hospital District in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to resolve False Claims Act allegations paints a cautionary tale of the importance of hospital practices and optics in connection...more

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