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Physicians in the Bulls-eye

by BakerHostetler on

Several recently reported cases highlight the growing risk physicians face if they succumb to competitive pressures, especially offers of remuneration from labs, pharmacies, home health agencies and other providers to whom...more

This Month in Corruption: Improper Billing, Double Dipping, Disability Faking

by PretiFlaherty on

A Dream Most Improper. On September 4, announcements came from the offices of the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Attorney General that Dental Dreams, a national dental chain with locations in...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

Consultant found guilty of illegal kickbacks by “referring” doctors’ patients to another medical provider in exchange for...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Under 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(b)(1)(A) it is a felony for a physician to solicit or receive a kickback “in return for referring” a Medicaid or Medicare patient to another medical provider. But as a recent decision by the Eighth...more

Bad News for Whistleblowers: Defendant Pleads Guilty

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

At first glance, it looks nonsensical. How could it be bad news for False Claims Act whistleblowers that the defendant pleaded guilty to violating that statute—to committing the very Medicare fraud the whistleblowers alleged?...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

Client Alert: Feds Shine a Light on Medicare Advantage Plans and Physicians Related to Risk Adjustment Practices

Although the sufficiency of medical records documentation supporting beneficiary diagnoses for Medicare Advantage (MA) risk adjustment has been on the OIG’s work plan since 2013, the Department of Justice has upped the ante...more

The Lowdown On Takedowns

by Ifrah PLLC on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and a battery of other federal law enforcement officials today announced the “largest health care fraud takedown” in U.S. history, with 412 charged defendants, including 56 doctors, accused of...more

Twelve-Year Sentence for Medicaid Diaper Scam

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Maria Paz Garza was the King Midas of incontinence supplies: she turned diapers into dollars—over two and a half million of them, according to the government’s indictment. She did it through a scheme that charged Texas...more

Seven Takeaways from the ABA National Institute On Health Care Fraud

On May 17, 2017 the American Bar Association convened its 27th National Institute on Health Care Fraud. I have attended many of the past annual meetings, and always enjoy the presentations and the opportunity to network with...more

Can Overpayments Create Criminal Liability?

by Ruder Ware on

We hear a lot about potential liability under the False Claims Act (FCA) for the failure to repay overpayments within 60 days of discovery. Focus on the 60-day rule has taken focus away from the potential for criminal charges...more

A “Change of Heart” in a Health Care Fraud Prosecution - Inconsistent angiogram interpretations establish reasonable doubt in...

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky reversed the October 27, 2016 criminal jury verdict against Kentucky cardiologist Dr. Richard E. Paulus, and acquitted him on all counts of health...more

Three Recent Fraud Cases Involving Dermatologists Illustrate Primary Compliance Risks in Dermatology Practices

by Ruder Ware on

Three relatively recent cases involving dermatology billing practices illustrate some of the main compliance risks faced by dermatology practices...more

This Month in Corruption: Smuggled Drugs, Bogus Billing, Tampered Equipment

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Wrong Way to Keep Prisoners in Line. The office of William D. Weinreb, acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, announced March 3 that two former corrections officers at the Essex County Correctional facility...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update: Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases

Featured Unsealed Cases United States ex rel. Thomas v. Best Choice Home Health Care Agency, Inc., No. 2:13-cv-02209 (D. Kan.) - Complaint Filed: May 6, 2013 - Complaint Unsealed: October 24, 2016...more

President’s Budget Blueprint Increases Funds For Health Care Fraud Enforcement

The President has released a “budget blueprint” for fiscal year 2018. Although there are many aspects of the budget blueprint to digest, several budget items signal that government health care fraud enforcement remains a...more

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Healthcare Leaders cite Fraud and Abuse Laws as Obstacle to Value-Based Arrangements

As the healthcare industry moves towards value-based purchasing, pay-for-performance, and other payment reform models, industry leaders have identified federal fraud and abuse laws as a barrier to full implementation of such...more

Health Care FCA Decisions Applied to Criminal Case

by Bryan Cave on

False Claims Act (“FCA”) cases involving medical necessity continue to receive great attention. A March 7, 2017 opinion that overruled a jury’s criminal fraud conviction of a cardiologist demonstrates the broader implications...more

DOJ Issues New Guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs in Federal Fraud Investigations

On February 8th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) quietly issued new guidance on how the agency evaluates corporate compliance programs during fraud investigations. The guidance, published on the agency’s website as the...more

You’re Fired: What Impact Will Sally Yates’ Departure Have on the DOJ’s Fraud Enforcement?

by Snell & Wilmer on

As most of the world now knows, President Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates last week after she declined to defend the President’s travel ban. Dana Boente has replaced Ms. Yates, but he may not be long for the...more

POD Update: Physician Investor of Physician-Owned Distributor Sentenced to Nearly 20 Years in Prison

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On January 9, 2017, a physician was sentenced in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan to 19 years, 7 months in prison for his role in criminal health care fraud totaling $2.8 million. The settlement has some...more

[Webinar] The “Risky Business” of the Federal False Claims Act: Strategic Thinking for 2017 - December 8th, 12:00pm ET

by Williams Mullen on

Calling in-house counsel and top executives at government and defense contractors, health care and long term care providers, and manufacturing companies. On December 8 at 11:30 am ET, join Williams Mullen attorneys at this...more

When Does An Overpayment Become Fraud? How Simple Inattention Can Expose You to Penalties for Fraudulent Activities

by Ruder Ware on

If you are involved in any way in the health care system, it should be obvious by now that the government has committed ever increasing resources to the prosecution of fraud and abuse cases. Simply put, from a governmental...more

Tenet Healthcare Will Pay $513 Million To Resolve Criminal Charges And Civil Claims

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, an investor-owned healthcare services company based in Texas, and two of its Atlanta-based subsidiaries have entered into an agreement with the government to resolve criminal charges and civil...more

Insights Conversations: How Government Health Care Investigations May Be Shifting

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has long had the advantage when investigating False Claims Act (FCA) cases against health care companies. However, recent changes in the courts, including a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court...more

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