New OIG Fraud Alert Focuses on Compensation of Medical Directors

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a short Fraud Alert last week focusing on the anti-kickback implications of certain compensation paid to medical directors. OIG noted that it had recently settled with a dozen physicians who had entered into medical director positions of various health care […]

Office of the State Comptroller Issues Medicaid Program Integrity Report

The New York State Medicaid program is projected to have a $62 billion-dollar price tag in State Fiscal Year 2016, with $22.4 billion paid out by the State, as explained by the New York State Office of the Comptroller (“OSC”) in its April 2015 report entitled Ensuring Integrity in New York State Medicaid.   As Medicaid […]

Medicare Reimbursement Standards Take Center Stage in Dismissal of False Claims Act Case

Our monthly Health Law Update from the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter has been released a few days early.  This month’s article discusses a Georgia federal court decision granting summary judgment to a nursing home and a rehabilitation therapy provider in a Federal False Claims Act prosecution that alleged the unnecessary provision of rehabilitation therapy services. Although the […]

Regulatory Focus on Mental Health Parity Laws

This month’s article from the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter discusses the New York Attorney General’s recent settlement with Excellus, a Rochester-based health insurer, which resulted from an investigation into complaints from consumers that Excellus was improperly denying claims for mental health and substance abuse treatment.  The article also includes a brief overview of New […]

HHS Looks to Collect $12 Million from New York State for Unallowable Continuous 24-Hour Personal Care Services

In 2011, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (“HHS OIG”) investigated New York City’s Medicaid claims for continuous 24-hour personal care services, an area that previous HHS OIG audits consistently identified as one vulnerable to  fraud, waste, and abuse.

Seventh Circuit Decision Highlights Scope of Anti-Kickback Statute

This month’s article from the Albany County Bar Association Newsletter offers brief summary of the recent decision in U.S. v. Patel, in which a physician was found to have violated the federal Anti-Kickback statute for an improper referral scheme with a home health agency, even though he did not actively divert patients to other providers. The […]

New York State’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit by the Numbers

Medicaid Fraud Control Units (“MFCUs”) have a responsibility to combat Medicaid fraud and patient abuse and neglect.  Toward that end, each MFCU maintains statistical data as to the number of investigations, indictments, and convictions by the MFCUs, as well as the amount of monetary recoveries for both civil and criminal cases.  Each year, a summary […]

Attention Medicaid Transportation Providers: OMIG Releases Compliance Guidance for Corporate Compliance Programs

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has released Compliance Guidance for use by Transportation providers. The routine identification of compliance risk areas, relating to the particular type of services being offered by Medicaid providers, is required for certain providers in accordance with the New York State Social Services Law Section […]

Attention Medicaid Dental Providers: OMIG Audit Protocols Released

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) has released its final audit protocols for Dental providers in the Medicaid program. These protocols became effective October 1, 2014 and are the OMIG’s audit tool that they will use when conducting their audits of dental providers.  The protocols contain 18 areas of potential […]

US DOJ Sets New Record for Fraud and False Claims Recoveries in FY2014

As 2014 comes to a close, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has many reasons to celebrate as it reflects on the year that was. In FY2014, the DOJ recovered $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments resulting from civil fraud and false claims cases, with $2.3 billion in health care fraud recoveries alone. This […]