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The AHA’s Letter to Santa Claus

The American Hospital Association, after having been “nice” all year, penned its letter to Santa Claus with its wish list for Christmas. Its four page letter (actually addressed to President-Elect Donald Trump at 1717...more

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

by McDermott Will & Emery on

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

Healthcare Compliance: Juggling Risk Mitigation Strategies

by Michael Volkov on

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

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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

Check Up on Healthcare Fraud Prosecutions

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers face an overwhelming level of risk in the healthcare sector. I do not mean to belittle the risks of corruption, AML, sanctions and other risks typically associated with global companies. Healthcare...more

Hospital/Physician Leases Compliance Checklist

by Carlton Fields on

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: A "no" answer to any of the following questions may mean your lease is out of compliance with applicable laws. Is the lease in writing? Is the lease signed by both parties? Does it...more

Health Law Pulse - January 2016

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

CHANGES TO STARK LAW, NEW ADVANCE CARE PAYMENTS INCLUDED IN 2016 PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a final rule (Final Rule) regarding physician payment...more

Record Mega-Settlements May Attract More Whistleblowers

by Carlton Fields on

September was a record-setting month for the United States Department of Justice, which entered into major health care fraud settlements with two large Floridabased hospital systems. The settlements were made in the face of...more

Advisory Opinion: Free van shuttle services to medical facilities

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

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

CMS and OIG Issue Final ACO Waivers

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On Thursday, October 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) jointly issued a rule (the “Final Rule”) to finalize five (5) waivers of certain fraud and abuse...more

Millennium Health to Pay $256 million in False Claims Act Settlement

by Polsinelli on

Millennium Health, one of the nation’s largest urine drug testing laboratories, has agreed to pay the government $256 million to resolve claims that it violated the Federal False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Settlement...more

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

by Reed Smith on

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

Skeletons in the Closet? Beware of Potential Enforcement Actions

With Halloween looming, a discussion of skeletons that may be lurking in a health care provider’s closet is timely. Many of our previous posts, as well as the monthly Qui Tam Updates published by our Health Care Enforcement...more

Giving Your Physician Agreements a Check-Up

by Buchalter on

On June 9, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a fraud alert regarding physician compensation relationships and potential liability for illegal kickbacks under the...more

Two More Hospitals Qualify for Exception to Exception to Grandfather Exception to Elimination of Whole Hospital Exception to Stark...

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Stark Law generally prohibits physicians from referring Medicare and Medicaid patients to facilities in which they have an ownership interest. There used to be a “whole hospital exception” excluding entire hospitals (as...more

Broward Health Wins Most-Illegal-Physician-Comp

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Okay, there’s not really a Most-Illegal-Physician-Compensation Prize. But if there were, Florida’s North Broward Hospital District would have won in a walk. That’s why the district has agreed to pay the government $69.5...more

Pain Clinic Raids: Blocking and Tackling Drills for Physician Practices

by Burr & Forman on

Every day, medical providers are asked to serve a population that largely expects their healthcare to be free, and that everything they want is covered by insurance or government. Providers want to serve these wants and...more

Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Newsletter

by Buchalter on

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! The Unexpected Laws that May Affect Your Telehealth Business - An increasing number of health care providers are exploring telemedicine, either as an adjunct to their primary physical...more

Alert: Key Regulatory Considerations for Digital Health Companies

by Cooley LLP on

Digital health is a growing field that promises improved patient education, wellness, engagement, access to care, and outcomes, among other things. However, with these new technologies come unique regulatory concerns that...more

Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement: CMS adopts mandatory approach to payment reform

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On July 9, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule that seeks to implement a mandatory episode-based payment model for lower extremity joint replacement (and reattachment) care in...more

CMS Stark Proposals Allow “Holdover” Arrangements and Signature Window

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In July 2015, CMS released proposals to provide several new Stark Law exceptions and to clarify issues regarding existing exceptions. The full text of these proposal and CMS comments and explanations is available below....more

Health Law Pulse - August 2015

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable advisory opinion (Advisory Opinion) to a nonprofit health system (System) and a nonprofit psychiatric hospital (Center) regarding a proposal whereby the...more

CMS Proposes New Stark Exceptions: Timeshare Lease

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In July 2015, CMS released proposals to provide several new Stark Law exceptions and to clarify issues regarding existing exceptions. Over the next few days, I will post comment on what I consider the most significant new...more

21st Century Cures Act – Provisions Relating to Digital Health: Interoperability and Information Blocking

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On July 10, 2015, the House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) (the “bill”) by a vote of 344-77. In addition to increasing medical research funding and expediting the process of making breakthrough...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - July 2015

by Mintz Levin on

Trends & Analysis - ..We have identified 36 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed since the cases covered in our last Qui Tam Update. Of these cases, eight were filed within the last year. A number...more

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