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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

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

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

Doctor Gets $4.6M for Blowing Whistle on Over-Compensated Doctors

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Neurologist Dr. David Hammett will receive $4,590,000 as part of a settlement entered into by Lexington Medical Center (LMC) of West Columbia, S.C., and the federal government. Ironically, the hefty compensation comes as a...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

U.S. Sides with Defendant Against Whistleblower—Sort of

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Today’s riddle: why would the government take the defendant’s side against the whistleblower in a False Claims Act qui tam case? Why would the government challenge the whistleblower’s claim that two defendants violated the...more

Another Day, Another Whistleblower Retaliation Suit

by Reed Smith on

A False Claims Act (“FCA”) retaliation claim, 31 U.S.C. 3730(h), filed January 26, 2016 in federal district court in Oregon, provides a perfect example of the type of challenging cases confronting health care employers today....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

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update - Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: December 2015

by Mintz Levin on

Trends & Analysis - We have identified 24 health care–related qui tam cases that have been unsealed since our last Qui Tam Update. Of the 24 cases, five were filed within the past year, seven were filed in 2014, three...more

False Claims Act: 2015 Year in Review

This year continued the trend of aggressive False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and high volumes of qui tam lawsuits brought by whistleblowers. In fiscal year 2015, the DOJ marked the fourth...more

California Court Permits FCA Claim Involving Medicare “Referral and Regeneration” Scheme to Proceed Against Healthcare CEO

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a recent opinion, the Northern District of California allowed FCA claims to proceed against the CEO of a skilled nursing facility operator. John Orten, the whistleblower in the suit, was a former nursing home...more

More Whistleblowing Means More Worries for Employers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

If you are an employer in the health care or defense industry, in addition to compliance with the panoply of employment laws you must adhere to, employers must also be attuned to their exposure to whistleblower claims under...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

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

Beware the Feds: Emerging Risks to Health Care Executives Under the Yates Memo

by Reed Smith on

Last month’s “Yates Memo” from the Department of Justice (DOJ) promises to be a game-changer in the world of government investigations and enforcement activity. While several U.S. Attorney Offices had been applying many of...more

Mintz Levin Health Care Qui Tam Update: Recently Unsealed Whistleblower Cases: October 2015

by Mintz Levin on

Trends & Analysis: ..We have identified 15 health care–related qui tam cases that were unsealed since our last Qui Tam Update. Of those, 12 were filed from 2012 to the present. All but two cases had been pending more...more

Suing the Hand that Feeds You

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Jeffrey Jacobs alleges that Idaho’s Pocatello Hospital violated the False Claims Act because of physician recruitment contracts that were overly generous to his practice group. Jeff should know because he was recruited under...more

Practices, Optics and Implications: A Cautionary Tale from the North Broward Hospital District Settlement

by Polsinelli on

The $69.5 million settlement by North Broward Hospital District in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to resolve False Claims Act allegations paints a cautionary tale of the importance of hospital practices and optics in connection...more

Healthcare Legal News: Volume 5, Number 3

by Dickinson Wright on

RESPONDING TO SUBPOENAS AND OTHER REQUESTS FOR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION: TAKE THEM AT FACE VALUE - Healthcare providers and other HIPAA covered entities receive requests for protected health information (“PHI”) from...more

Free Patient Parking May Trigger False Claims Act Violation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Who knew? When you park for free at your doctor’s office, you may be a pawn in a scheme to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, and the False Claims Act. It’s enough to make you sick....more

Hospital Chain Pays Heavy Price for Being Too Clever

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Finding that Community Hospital Systems had been “too clever by half” in negotiating a global settlement agreement for seven whistleblower suits, a federal judge ordered the chain to pay the attorneys’ fees of all the...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - August 2015

Are the Circuits A-Splitting? The Ninth Circuit Declines to Follow the Second Circuit's Insider Trading Decision in U.S. v. Newman - Why it matters: On July 6, 2015, the Ninth Circuit in U.S. v. Salman declined to...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms $237 Million Jury Verdict for Stark and FCA Violations; Rejects Advice-of-Counsel Defense

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a jury verdict of more than $237 million against Tuomey Healthcare System, a nonprofit hospital in South Carolina, based on Stark Law and False Claims Act...more

Beware of Nurses Bearing Gifts

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Alisia and David blew the whistle on their former employer, Nurses’ Registry & Home Health, for sending gift baskets and ticket events to doctors who referred patients to the home health operation. Their qui tam suit alleged...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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