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Recent Case Highlights Risks of Paying Physicians for Routine Duties - Signed writing required, informal documentation may not be...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Payments to physicians, even for routine, necessary duties, may cause referrals to the entity making the payments to be "prohibited referrals" under the Stark Law. This means the hospital or other entity should not have...more

Unreliable Expert Collapses DOJ-Led False Claims Act Case

by Holland & Knight LLP on

False Claims Act cases often turn into battles of the experts. But only rarely does that battle turn into a rout. It did last week in a case out of the Eastern District of Virginia, United States ex rel. Ribik v. HCR...more

FCA Settlement Alert: Physician Compliance with CMS’ 60-Day Overpayment Rule

by Williams Mullen on

On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced a settlement for over $440,000 with First Coast Cardiovascular Institute, P.A. (“First Coast”), a large cardiovascular physician...more

New Audits and Penalties on Medicaid Plans and Providers Related to Encounter Data in Value-Based Payment Models

by Epstein Becker & Green on

For value-based payments, encounter data[1] provides valuable information in much the same way that claims data does for fee-for-service arrangements. With the growing prevalence of value-based payments, especially in the...more

Justice Department Abandons Medicare Advantage FCA Suit Against UnitedHealth

On October 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to abandon its lawsuit accusing UnitedHealth Group and affiliated health plans (UnitedHealth) of exaggerating how sick its patients were to procure millions of...more

The intersection of Federal Civil Enforcement: claims and health care restructurings

by DLA Piper on

It is well known that the healthcare industry as a whole has undergone significant changes, challenges and uncertainties in recent years. Many hospitals, senior living facilities, pharmaceutical companies, laboratories and...more

CMS Publishes RADV Medical Reviewer Guidance

by Dentons on

In the Medicare Advantage (MA) context, "risk adjustment" is the process by which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reimburses Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) based on demographic factors and the...more

Federal Court Strikes DOJ's Risk Adjustment False Claims Act Case - For Now

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On October 5, a federal district court in California dealt a significant setback to the government’s efforts to extend False Claims Act (FCA) liability to Medicare risk adjustment submissions....more

Under What Circumstances Can a Private Qui Tam Plaintiff Overrule Government Agency Experts' Use of Administrative Discretion to...

• How have appellate courts applied the Supreme Court’s ruling in Escobar? • If the government is aware of the relator’s allegation, but does not undertake any administrative action to address the defendant’s alleged...more

Value-Based Contracting for Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices: An Innovative Solution Impaired by Outdated Regulations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Often lost in the cacophony of headlines surrounding rising health care costs is the promise that value-based contracting offers as a possible solution. In contrast to the traditional fee-for-service model, value-based...more

Newly Announced Chicago Health Care Fraud Unit Could Signal a Change in the Northern District of Illinois’s Health Care...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On July 18, 2017, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Joel R. Levin, announced the creation of a dedicated criminal Health Care Fraud Unit. The five prosecutor unit will operate within the Criminal...more

A Year Into the Elder Justice Task Force: Is Your Community a Target?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On March 30, 2016, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing its launch of ten Elder Justice Task Forces in the Northern District of California, Northern District of Georgia, District of Kansas, Western...more

Petratos v. Genentech: Escobar’s “Heightened Materiality Requirement” Is Significant Pleading Hurdle in False Claims Act Suits

In a recent False Act Claims (FCA) suit involving the blockbuster cancer drug Avastin, the Third Circuit barred a relator’s qui tam suit because his Complaint lacked sufficient factual allegations that, if true, would...more

Healthcare Law Update: September 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

OIG Advisory Opinions - Manufacturer's Free Replacement of Spoiled Pharmaceutical Products Authorized - On Aug. 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG)...more

Reminder: Medical Providers Must Be Attentive to Credit Balances and Other Overpayments

It has now been a number of years since the enactment of Section 6402(a) of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), which requires among other things that any recipient of a Medicare or Medicaid overpayment report and return it...more

340B Covered Entities Beware: CMS Proposes Drastic Drug Reimbursement Rate Cuts

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In its Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule ("Proposed Rule"), CMS outlined a significant Medicare Part B payment reduction for separately payable, nonpassthrough drugs provided in the hospital outpatient...more

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

by Jones Day on

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

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

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

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

OIG Reports More Than $731 Million in Inappropriate Medicare Meaningful Use Payments

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program run by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) garnered attention again last week following the release of a report by the Office of Inspector General of the US...more

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

by Jones Day on

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

The Enforcement Risks for Medicare Advantage Plans Continue: A New False Claims Act Settlement in Florida

Recent activities of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Qui Tam whistleblowers reveal that Medicare Advantage Plans remain at the forefront of investigations for violations of the federal False Claim Act (“FCA”) for...more

Reducing the risk of False Claims Act qui tam actions

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Under the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), the presentation of a false claim for payment to the federal government can result in significant liability for providers participating in government-payer programs such as Medicare...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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