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Employee Benefits Developments - November 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November 2017. Minimum Required Distributions – IRS Guidance for Handling Missing Participants - Missing...more

Escobar: Year One

Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel. Escobar, 136 S. Ct. 1989 (2016) was a landmark case in FCA jurisprudence. In Escobar, the Supreme Court held that the implied false certification theory can be a basis for...more

Physician Practice Penalized by DOJ for 60-Day Overpayment Rule Violation

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) imposed False Claims Act penalties against First Coast Cardiovascular Institute (FCCI) for failing to work credit balances and repay overpayments to federal health care programs. On October 13,...more

Third Circuit Confirms Government Knowledge Can Defeat Scienter and Materiality Requirements for False Claims Act Liability

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In Spay v. CVS Caremark Corp., the Third Circuit became the latest court of appeals to hold that, in False Claims Act litigation, scienter can be lacking when the government has knowledge of "the facts...more

Bill 27: Expansion of the Conflicts of Interest Act to Public Agencies

by Field Law on

Bill 27 passed first reading in the Alberta Legislature on November 8, 2017. If passed, the legislation will amend the Conflicts of Interest Act (the "Act"), and expand its coverage to include public agencies, boards and...more

Dismissal of Medicare Advantage FCA Suit Marks Significant Defeat for Government

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently dismissed a complaint-in-intervention filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in U.S. ex rel. Swoben v. Secure Horizons. As previously reported,...more

Aegerion Settles Criminal and Civil Probe of Promotional Practices, REMS and HIPAA Compliance, and Patient Assistance Programs

On September 22, 2017, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals resolved a wide-ranging probe by the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the company’s U.S. commercial activities relating to Juxtapid, a lipid-lowering agent for the...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Reminder – Don’t Forget about the Corporate Practice of Medicine

A New Jersey Supreme Court case earlier this summer has New Jersey lawyers re-examining their clients’ business structures under the State’s corporate practice of medicine doctrine....more

Employee Benefits Developments - August 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of August, 2017. Affordable Care Act – “I’m not dead yet!” - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

Implied False Certification Theory Fails in FCA Case Against Billing Agent

A court in the Southern District of New York (“SDNY” or the “Court”) recently released an important decision applying the Supreme Court’s landmark Escobar ruling to a qui tam action involving percentage fee arrangements for...more

The Four Things That Surprised Us in the EpiPen False Claims Settlement

On August 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had reached a $465 million false claims settlement with Mylan, the manufacturer of EpiPen, over the company’s alleged underpayment of Medicaid Drug...more

Sixth Circuit: Technical Physician Signature Deficiencies not "Material" to Reimbursement Claims

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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

Yates Memo's Influence Felt in DOJ Health Care Enforcement

by Jones Day on

In September 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum titled "Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing." In it, she stressed that one of the most effective ways to combat corporate misconduct is...more

Escobar case limits False Claims Act liability for providers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Health care providers, as government contractors, must make certain representations of fact when submitting claims for government program reimbursement, such as Medicare. Sometimes through no fault of the contractor, such...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Developments Regarding Penalties and Damages

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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

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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

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Two Grants of Summary Judgment in Favor of Diabetic Experts

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A unanimous panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (Eleventh Circuit) recently affirmed two grants of summary judgment in favor of defendant Lincare, Inc. d/b/a Diabetic Experts of America (collectively,...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

Free Parking, Yes, But No Stark Law Claim

by Ruder Ware on

A federal court recently dealt a victory to a health care provider over whistleblower allegations that free parking and valet service at a medical office building violated the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute....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

"Meaningfully Useful" Risk Mitigation Strategies for Providers Following the eClinicalWorks Settlement

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The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH Act") established financial incentives under Medicare and Medicaid for eligible health care providers that adopt, implement, and demonstrate use...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

The Latest in the Epipen Medicaid Drug Rebate Saga – Where Are We Now?

The latest installment in the ongoing saga over EpiPen Medicaid Drug Rebates came on May 31, 2017, when Senator Charles Grassley issued a press release stating that between 2006-2016 taxpayers may have overpaid for EpiPen by...more

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