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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

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: August 2017

by Mintz Levin on

In this issue we report on recent qui tam activity and look at three unsealed cases. One case involves allegations of “up coding” by a hospital that allegedly billed routine transport as emergency transport, reimbursed at...more

Appellate Court Endorses FPPC’s “Reasonably Foreseeable” Test for PRA Conflicts Analysis

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A recent appellate decision illustrates the far-reaching and powerful impact of the Political Reform Act’s conflicts provisions, and how that law can be employed as a sword in litigation to negate or undo decisions of...more

Second Circuit Sets False Claims Act Pleading Standard For Claim Information

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Last week, the Second Circuit held that a False Claims Act relator does not have to plead details of specific alleged false billings or invoices to the government, as long as he can allege facts leading to a strong inference...more

Contractors Need to Fully Address False Claims Act Allegations During Suspension or Debarment Proceedings

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Companies involved in False Claims Act suits filed by qui tam relators often find themselves facing potential suspension or debarment from federal contracting. A recent decision out of the United States District Court for the...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

Ninth Circuit Relies on Escobar to Revive False Claims Act Suit Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a federal district court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower suit in United States ex rel. Campie v. Gilead Sciences, explaining that...more

US Attorney’s Office in Chicago Announces Creation of Health Care Fraud Unit

by Morgan Lewis on

Acting US Attorney Joel Levin says the new dedicated unit aims to bring “even greater focus, efficiency, and impact to our efforts in this important area.”...more

The False Claims Act: Why It Is Relevant To All Manufacturers

The False Claims Act (FCA) is a major civil enforcement tool used by the federal government to redress fraud causing monetary loss to the government. In the 2016 fiscal year, the federal government recovered over $4.7...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Judicial Review of Settlements

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we...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

False Claims Act: Circuit Court Questionably Construes Scienter Requirement

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued an opinion addressing the False Claims Act's intent requirement. U.S. ex rel. Phalp v. Lincare Holdings, Inc., No. 16-10532, ___ F.3d ___ (11th Cir. May 26,...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Original Sources under the FCA’s Public Disclosure Bar

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we...more

Second DOJ Complaint: Knowledge of Invalid Codes Requires Follow-Through to Avoid Liability

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The DOJ’s recent complaint-in-intervention in US ex rel. Poehling v. United Health Group — one of two qui tam cases against United Health currently pending in the Central District of California — emphasizes the government’s...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

DOJ’s New Healthcare Fraud Target—Medicare Advantage Insurers

by Blank Rome LLP on

The government continues to seek ways to rein in healthcare costs. Now it has set its sights on the Medicare Advantage Program. Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by private...more

The Enforcement Risks for Medicare Advantage Plans Continue: A New False Claims Act Settlement in Florida

Recent activities of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Qui Tam whistleblowers reveal that Medicare Advantage Plans remain at the forefront of investigations for violations of the federal False Claim Act (“FCA”) for...more

Reasonable Interpretation of Ambiguous Regulation May Not Preclude False Claims Act Liability

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent appellate court ruling governing all federal court cases in Florida, Georgia and Alabama establishes that a defendant in a False Claims Act (FCA) case cannot rely on a defense that there was no intent to defraud the...more

Reducing the risk of False Claims Act qui tam actions

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Under the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), the presentation of a false claim for payment to the federal government can result in significant liability for providers participating in government-payer programs such as Medicare...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

Medicare Advantage Plans Under Fire: The Department of Justice Files Complaints-in-Intervention

As reported in earlier blogs, the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) has been actively looking into potential abuses by Medicare Advantage (MA) Organizations as to allegedly improper risk adjustment claims submissions and...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

Court Rules that “Upon Information And Belief” Allegations of FCA Violations Leveled Against Competitor Fail to Withstand Pleading...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A Federal court in Ohio recently dismissed a qui tam lawsuit brought under the False Claims Act by Kustom Products, Inc. against Hupp & Associates, Inc., a defense contractor, and in so doing provided judicial treatment of...more

Defendant Seeks Attorney Fees from Whistleblower’s Attorneys

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

When a qui tam case is dismissed, it’s not unusual for the defendant to seek an order requiring the whistleblower to reimburse its attorneys’ fees. What is unusual is for the defendant to seek an order requiring the...more

U.S. District Court Holds that a State University Is Immune from False Claims Act Liability Despite Intervention by United States

by King & Spalding on

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon granted Oregon Health and Sciences University’s (OHSU) motion to dismiss a qui tam False Claim Act (FCA) suit, holding that (1) OHSU is an “arm of the...more

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