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Health-chising: Starting-up a Health Care Franchise

In recent years, health care franchises have grown at a rapid pace. Yet, it is worth noting that franchising is not a new concept to the health care industry. Health care franchise systems have been around for decades and...more

CMS Re-Finalizes Stark Law Limitations for Per-Click Rental Charges

As part of its November 15, 2016, Calendar Year 2017 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated and clarified its ban on the use of per-unit of service (i.e., “per-click”)...more

Health Law Insights: November Newsletter

ALERT: "No Contract" Disclaimer in Employee Handbook Upheld by Illinois CourtAuthor: Employee handbooks have long been a trap for the unwary employer that desires merely to establish a set of rules and policies without...more

The Federal Government Holds Individuals Responsible for Involvement in Corporate Healthcare Fraud and Abuse

In September 2016, three corporate officers in two healthcare fraud and abuse cases settled allegations that they were personally liable for violations of federal fraud and abuse laws. These settlements come one year after...more

2017 Physician Fee Schedule Includes Clarification of Space and Equipment Rental Exception Under Stark Law

The Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicaid and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently finalized the Calendar Year 2017 Physician Fee Schedule (“2017 Fee Schedule”), which includes a restatement of a provision...more

CMS Reissues Stark Rules Restricting Certain Unit-based Rental Rate Arrangements and Issues Two Stark Updates

On November 15, 2016, as part of its 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule update, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reissued its prohibition on certain unit-based rental arrangements with referring physicians,...more

Stark Law Updates in 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) rule. This rule, which takes effect on January 1, 2017, updates payment policies and rates for...more

Former Tuomey CEO Settles with DOJ for $1 Million

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently reached a $1 million settlement with Ralph J. Cox III, the former CEO for Tuomey Health System, Inc. (Tuomey), in connection with his involvement in the notable Stark Law case....more

Managing the Transition to Transformation: Old Dog, New Tricks: Fraud and Abuse in the Age of Payment Reform

McDermott’s Managing the Transition to Transformation series is designed to help health systems and other health care industry leaders address the many challenges presented by the transformation in payment and care delivery...more

Health Law Insights Newsletter - Issue 13

McCarter & English, LLP’s Health Care Group presents Issue 13 of the Health Law Insights, which discusses the latest legal issues in the health care industry. - Failure to Update Business Associate Agreement Results in...more

Corporate Law and Governance Update - October 2016

New Officer and Director FCA/Stark Exposure - Recent developments may merit a measured briefing to corporate leadership on the potential exposure of health industry officers and directors to financial penalties and other...more

DOJ Announces Settlement with Tuomey CEO Following Yates Memo Directive to Hold Individuals Accountable

The Department of Justice’s recent settlement with a healthcare system executive indicates a continued focus on pursuing individuals in enforcement actions. On September 27, 2016, the DOJ announced it reached a $1 million...more

Former CEO of Health System Agrees to Pay $1 Million to Settle False Claims Act Case with U.S. Department of Justice

In the most recent example of its continued effort to hold individuals accountable for corporate misconduct, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced on September 27, 2016, that the former CEO of Tuomey Healthcare...more

Executives Beware: CEO Pays $1 Million Out of His Own Pocket To Resolve False Claims Act Matter

Ralph “Jay” Cox III, the former Chief Executive Officer of Tuomey Healthcare Systems (“Tuomey”) in Sumter, South Carolina, recently paid $1 million to settle his involvement in Tuomey’s illegal billing practices under...more

7th Circuit Requires Objective Standards When Pleading Medical Necessity Under the FCA

The Seventh Circuit recently added an arrow to a False Claims Act (FCA) defendant's quiver by requiring relators to plead fraud allegations based on objective criteria pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b). This ruling will...more

One Year Later: The Yates Memo, False Claims Act and Director & Executive Liability

On September 19 and 27, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced two False Claims Act settlements that required corporate executives to make substantial monetary payments to resolve their liability. How will director and...more

Summer Fraud and Abuse Roundup

Now that the kids are back in school and summer vacations are in the rearview mirror, it’s time to catch up on recent fraud and abuse developments. The federal government was busy this summer negotiating a pair of settlements...more

Federal Agencies Forced to Implement Huge Increases in Civil Monetary Penalties for Health Care Fraud

Thanks to section 701 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, Public Law 114–74, federal agencies have been forced to implement huge increases in penalties intended to deter health care fraud. The Federal Civil Penalties...more

Compliance Concerns Raised Over Proposed Hospital Outpatient Department Rule

In an August 26, 2016, letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Hospital Association (AHA) expressed serious concern over the portion of the calendar year 2017 hospital outpatient prospective...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - August 2016

Spotlight on the False Claims Act - Why it matters: This month, we review a recent Ninth Circuit case that allowed a qui tam relator’s action against various Medicare Advantage organizations to proceed, holding that the...more

Healthcare Compliance: Juggling Risk Mitigation Strategies

Healthcare organizations – ranging from physician practice groups to large, multi-state hospital systems – face a variety of risks, including fraud and abuse, as well as HIPAA privacy issues. Starting from a baseline risk...more

CMS Re-proposes Ban on Per-Click Fees for Space and Equipment Leases under Stark

In the CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (CY 2017 MPFS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed updates to the physician self-referral law (Stark law). The primary Stark law update focused on...more

Provider-Based Rule and Stark—Is Joint Compliance Impossible in 2017?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be putting hospitals in an untenable position if recent proposed rulemaking is implemented as is. In its proposal for acting on legislation reducing payments to new,...more

The Physician’s Self-Referral Law – Are Changes Finally Coming?

The Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as the Stark law, prohibits a physician from referring federal health care program patients for “designated health services” to an entity in which the physician (or an immediate...more

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