Recent Trial Signals Possible Law Enforcement Focus on Prescription Medications

A recent criminal trial involving a retail pharmacist in New York City may signal a possible area of law enforcement priority with regard to health care fraud and abuse. O&A attorneys Richard Harrow (lead counsel) and David Nardolillo represented the defendant in People v. Alcindor, a retail pharmacist charged with multiple counts of Grand Larceny […]

O&A Clients Receive Favorable Results in Recent Ethics Proceedings

Two O’Connell & Aronowitz clients, both former public officials, recently received favorable decisions in separate matters in which each was charged with violations of various ethics laws and codes. O’Connell & Aronowitz partner Jeffrey J. Sherrin, Esq., represented the former budget director of the New York State Theater Institute in hearings in front of the […]

Department of Justice & HHS Announce Record Recoveries in 2011

On February 14, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a Report (a copy of which can be found here) touting recoveries of “[a]pproximately $4.1 billion stolen or otherwise improperly obtained from federal health care programs” in fiscal year 2011. This announcement was accompanied by a […]

CMS Proposes Rule to Make Medicare Data Available for Public Reports About Providers

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) requires that “standardized extracts” of Medicare claims data be made available to “qualified entities” in connection with their preparation of reports evaluating the performance of providers.  Since this information is now “required by law,” these disclosures are allowed under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s Privacy […]

Introducing the Health Law Sidebar

Welcome to the Health Law Sidebar, the official blog of the O’Connell and Aronowitz Health Law Department. The Health Law Sidebar will provide you with the latest regulatory and statutory updates from the industry, and will also highlight news items of interest across the healthcare field. Thank you for your interest, and we hope you enjoy […]