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Health care industry take note: Current enforcement trends

The health care industry is heavily regulated. Various laws and court cases impact the practices of drug manufacturers, physicians, nursing homes and others in the medical field. Those that are part of this field are wise to stay abreast of changes that could impact their profession.

U.S. hospital chain to pay over $260M to settle fraud charges

Allegations of kickback violations can lead to more than just harsh civil penalties, they can also lead to criminal charges. That was the case when the government accused a national hospital chain of various forms of healthcare fraud, including kickback violations.

Feds question drug manufacturers on potential kickback violations

The federal government continues its crackdown on alleged illegal kickback violations with a recent investigation of drug manufacturers. The investigations focused on services to doctors including the provision of nurses and reimbursement assistance.

Will the OIG make changes to the anti-kickback statute?

The law is always evolving. This is true whether discussing tax law, family law or the laws that impact health care. The tax code, for example, was the subject of the largest overhaul in recent history with the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act at the end of 2017.

Family diagnostic lab business guilty of health fraud

The government recently convicted two brothers of conspiracy to bribe doctors and money laundering crimes. The prosecution stated the brothers used a lab designed to provide medical tests for physicians to commit a complicated scheme. The brothers would provide physicians with kickbacks in the form of cash in exchange for the physicians sending blood samples to their labs for testing. The brothers also admitted to providing fancy meals and private jet trips to the large majority of physicians that used their lab for services.

Discussing the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute

One of the pillars of the medical industry is that the professionals that work in it are unbiased and unaffected by outside influences, especially when it comes to prescribing drugs and medicine or referring patients to other facilities and medical institutions. This is important for obvious reasons, but even well-meaning medical professionals can run afoul of the laws that relate to compliance without even realizing it.

DOJ, Stark Law & Anti-Kickback: Are investigations on the rise?

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) appears to be increasing enforcement efforts regarding violations of the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). These efforts were highlighted in a recent case involving two urologists accused of submitting improper claims. The physicians agreed to pay $1 million to resolve the matter.

DOJ gets less than a tenth of what it requested in kickback case

A New York science and technology news publication is reporting that a jury recently found the former CEO of a diagnostic testing lab and two marketing executives liable for Medicare fraud under the federal False Claims Act.

Physicians groups and DOJ settle kickback claims

Negative publicity began to swirl around now-shuttered Health Management Associates back in 2012 when news magazine "60 Minutes" aired a segment alleging that the hospital chain pressured emergency room doctors to admit patients whether they needed care or not. The pressure on HMA escalated two years later when the New York Times reported that the company inflated its Medicare and Medicaid payments by pressuring physicians to admit at least half of patients age 65 and above.

Four face prison for health care fraud, Anti-Kickback violations

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