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SRDP No Longer New Wine

More than four years after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) issuance of the Stark Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP), it's time to assess the results. The SRDP was designed by Congress to resolve...more

Hospital Settles Provider-Based Compliance Investigation for $3.3 Million

A New York State hospital has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice more than $3.3 million to resolve an investigation conducted by the HHS-OIG and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York into...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - September 2014 #3

Congressman Sends Letter to Secretary of HHS Urging Her to Retract CMS’s Global Settlement Offer – On September 15, 2014, Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Tex), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, sent a...more

Whistleblower Defendant Blows Whistle on Whistleblower

Antonio Saidiani filed a whistleblower suit alleging that NextCare urgent centers and CEO Dr. Shufeldt had collected tens of millions of dollars in false Medicare claims. Antonio was in a position to know because he was that...more

Whistleblower Receives More Than $17 Million in Omnicare Case

A decision has been made in the case against Omnicare, Inc. that will net a former Omnicare pharmacist more than $17.2 million in the ensuing settlement. The settlement with the Department of Justice orders Omnicare,...more

Lessons From Omnicare Settlement In 'Swapping' Cases

On June 25, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it had settled with Omnicare Inc. in two matters alleging that kickbacks resulted from below-cost discounts offered to skilled nursing homes as an inducement to select...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™: July 2014

Survey of ACA Navigators Finds 10.6 Million People Sought Enrollment Help — In a survey released this week, the Kaiser Family Foundation (“Kaiser”) estimates that approximately 10.6 million people received assistance...more

Halifax Health Gets In More Hot Water

You probably didn’t think Florida’s Halifax Health could make its situation any worse. After all, only two months ago Halifax agreed to pay $85 million to settle just the first half of a Medicare fraud case. That still...more

Kentucky Hospital Pays $41 Million To Settle Fraud Charges

Yesterday Kentucky’s largest hospital, King’s Daughters Medical Center, in Ashland, announced its agreement to pay $40.9 million to settle charges that it committed Medicare and Medicaid fraud by billing for coronary...more

How Are Your Physicians Compensated? Stark Law + False Claims Act = Halifax Paying $85 Million

On March 10, 2014, just days before trial, Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing, Inc. (collectively “Halifax”) entered into an $85 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice resolving allegations...more

Halifax Pays $85 Million to Resolve Improper Physician Compensation Arrangement Claims Brought by Employee-Whistleblower

Since January 2009, the DOJ has recovered more than $13.4 billion through False Claims Act cases involving fraud against federal health care programs, and last month, Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing, Inc....more

Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co. to Pay $25 Million in Settlement with Texas AG for Medicaid Fraud

The Texas Attorney General announced on January 7, 2013 that New York pharmaceutical company Hi-Tech Pharmacal Co. will pay the state of Texas and the federal government a combined $25 million to settle the government’s...more

CMS Revises Benefit Policy Manual to Comply with Jimmo Settlement Agreement

CMS has issued revisions to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual to comply with the settlement agreement approved in the nationwide class action lawsuit, Jimmo vs. Sebelius. In Jimmo, the plaintiff class alleged that Medicare...more

Threshold Dollar Amount For Reporting Settlements to Medicare Drops To $2,000; CMS Issues New User Guide

The threshold dollar amount for when private and public employers and insurers are required to report payments to Medicare enrollees pursuant to settlements and judgments has been lowered from $5,000 to $2,000, and will...more

Whistleblowing to the Tune of $6 Million

In early July 2013, Baxano Surgical Inc., formerly known as TranS1 Inc., agreed to pay $6 million to settle charges that it encouraged doctors to overcharge Medicare and other federal health programs and paid kickbacks to...more

Adjusters: Best Practices for Dealing with Liens

In dealing with a workers’ compensation claim, adjusters will want to be sure to be aware of any other entities that may have a lien on money that might be awarded to the injured worker. In North Carolina workers’...more

Prospective and Retrospective Implications of the Jimmo Settlement Agreement for Skilled Care Providers

On January 24, 2013, the U.S District Court for the District of Vermont approved a Settlement Agreement in the so-called Medicare Improvement Standard case, Jimmo v. Sebelius. In addition to its impact on Medicare...more

Major New Jersey Health System Pays $12.6 Million To Settle False Claims Act Suit Alleging Physician Kickback Scheme

Federal prosecutors recently announced a $12.6 million False Claims Act (FCA) settlement with a major New Jersey health system to resolve allegations that the system paid outside physicians in order to increase referrals....more

Proposed Medicare Settlement Clarifies CMS’s Position on “Skilled Maintenance Services”

On October 16, 2012, in the case of Jimmo v. Sebelius, Case No. 5:11-CV-17 (D. Vt. October 16, 2012), a class of Medicare beneficiaries and the United States Department of Health and Human Services agreed to a proposed...more

Ethics Opinions Underscore Problems That Medicare Liens Create when Negotiating Settlements

In serious personal injury cases, a common issue arises in settlement talks that affect the course of negotiations – Liens; Specifically, health insurer liens and liens asserted by Medicare. The problem is simple: a plaintiff...more

Supreme Court Will Not Review Sixth Circuit Ruling That Government May Seek Full Reimbursement of Medicare Payments to Beneficiary...

On October 1, 2012, the United States Supreme Court said it would not review a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit which ruled 2-1 that, upon settlement by a Medicare beneficiary with a third-party...more

Changes Coming for Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements

The law governing Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (“MSAs”) in personal injury liability lawsuits may soon be changing. In personal injury liability cases, MSAs are funds from a judgment or settlement allocated to cover the...more

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