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CMS and OIG Extend Interim Final Rule Regarding Waivers of Fraud and Abuse Laws For ACOs

On October 17, 2014, CMS and OIG jointly published a notice extending the effectiveness of a November 2011 interim final rule establishing waivers that protect qualifying accountable care organizations (ACOs) from liability...more

Provider Waives Attorney-Client Privilege in Qui Tam Case by Asserting Compliance with Law

A federal district court recently rejected a health care provider’s claim of attorney-client privilege and ordered the provider to produce written communications with its lawyers regarding the provider’s compliance with the...more

HealthCare Fraud and Courtesies: What to Know Before Waiving a Copayment

Many healthcare facilities and physicians waive the insurance copayment for physicians and their families (known as professional courtesy) or other patients. Yet, despite how prevalent the practice is and the limited...more

Another Court Weighs in on Rule 9(b)’s Requirements Under the False Claims Act

A federal district court recently dismissed a qui tam relator’s complaint in a declined case against the Hospital for Special Surgery (“Hospital”), its former CEO, and an outside billing company alleging that they violated...more

Summer Fraud and Abuse Roundup

The federal government was busy over the summer when it came to decisions and settlements under the Stark Law, anti-kickback law and federal False Claims Act. This article revisits recent developments with respect to...more

News from the Health Law Gurus™

Chinese Hackers Infiltrate Health System Network Affecting 4.5 Million Individuals – Community Health Systems, Inc. (“CHS”) reported this week that the information of approximately 4.5 million individuals has been affected by...more

Commercial Real Estate Markets Benefit from Healthcare Industry Growth

The slowly recovering economy has presented challenges for most businesses over the past several years, and commercial landlords are no exception. The recent recession resulted in higher vacancy rates and downward pressure...more

What’s Scarier than a Compliance Officer Turned Whistleblower? A Whole Association of Them

In U.S. ex rel. Corporate Compliance Assocs. v. N.Y. Society for the Relief of the Ruptured & Crippled the court ruled that the whistleblower failed to meet the False Claims Act’s requirement that allegations be described...more

Anti Kickback and Stark Law Enforcement and Compliance Issues [Video]

The Department of Justice and the Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General have aggressively been enforcing anti-kickback (AKS) and Stark laws. DOJ and HHS-OIG have combined these prohibitions with The False...more

HHS Heat Initiative Continues Fraud Crackdown

A number of recent cases demonstrate Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team’s (“HEAT”) continued success in cracking down on healthcare provider fraud. Since 2009, the...more

Finally, Some Good News for Halifax–And All Other–Hospitals

It’s been a long time since Orlando’s Halifax Hospital got any good news from the federal court hearing the whistleblower case brought by employee Elin Baklid-Kunz. Earlier this year the hospital had to agree to an $85...more

Health Care: As Sunshine Act Deadlines Approach Physicians and Hospitals Should Prepare for Transparency in Their Financial...

On September 30, 2014, in accordance with the Federal Sunshine Act (the Sunshine Act), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publically disclose payments and "other transfers of value" by pharmaceutical,...more

Health Update - July 2014

Avoiding the Regulatory Land Mines of Commercial ACOs - While providers are showing great interest in creating ACOs to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), they are showing even greater enthusiasm...more

Driving Health Care Efficiencies through Consolidation: Despite Reforms, The Usual Rules Apply

With almost 18 percent of U.S. GDP spent on health care, experts see consolidation as fundamental to reducing costs—by integrating care coordination and delivery, and by increasing scale to drive efficiencies, including with...more

Jury Verdict Against Millennium Provides Insight on Definition of Remuneration

Ameritox won the latest volley of an ongoing legal battle with Millennium when a federal jury in Florida awarded it $14.75 million on June 16, 2014. Ameritox persuaded the jury that Millennium’s free point of care test (POCT)...more

Healthcare Law: What Every Provider Should Know

Healthcare is an incredibly broad, diverse and dynamic industry. Because of the breadth in the field, providers are surrounded by a wide array of legal issues relating to: employment contracts, taxes, business structure,...more

Health Update - Jun 2014

Removing Regulatory Barriers to Accelerate EHR Adoption - Recognizing the potential long-term value of EHRs for improving care and reducing costs, many hospitals considered offering physicians financial support to...more

Anti-Kickback and Stark Law Violations Form Basis for Unfair Competition Claims

On June 16, 2014, a federal district court jury in Florida awarded $14.755 million to plaintiff Ameritox, Ltd., a Maryland-based clinical lab, for state law claims alleging tortious interference with business relationships...more

The Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol: Settlement and Enforcement Trends (Presentation)

The Self-referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP) permits health care providers to voluntarily disclose violations of the federal physician self-referral law, also called the Stark law. Emily Wein has presented a webinar...more

The Halifax $85 Million Lesson: Compensation Arrangements Between Hospitals and Physicians Must Be Reviewed

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced another multi-million dollar settlement of alleged False Claims Act violations on March 11, 2014. Specifically, Halifax Hospital Medical Center and Halifax Staffing, Inc. agreed to...more

The Deadline for Submitting Comments Regarding the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Is Fast Approaching

On May 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a request for comments relating to the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (“SRDP”). The SRDP is a voluntary self-disclosure instrument that...more

Comments Due for New Expedited Review Process for CMS's Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP)

The creation of the SRDP through the Affordable Care Act as a mechanism to resolve potential Stark violations was welcomed by the industry. However, since enactment of the regulations implementing the SRDP in 2010, the volume...more

There is No Such Thing as a “Free” Urine Test

On May 5, 2014, in Ameritox, Ltd. v. Millennium Labs., Inc., [No. 8:11-cv-775-T-24-TBM], 2014 WL 1779267 (M.D. Fla. May 5, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted in part and denied in part a...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

There is No Such Thing as a "Free" Urine Test

On May 5, 2014, in Ameritox, Ltd. v. Millennium Labs., Inc., [No. 8:11-cv-775-T-24-TBM], 2014 WL 1779267 (M.D. Fla. May 5, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted in part and denied in part a...more

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