SCOTUS Decides Implied Certification Issue in Key False Claims Act (Whistleblower) Case

In a decision that is poised to have resonating implications for health services providers, the Supreme Court of the United States explicitly endorsed the “implied false certification theory of liability” under the False Claims Act (FCA) in Universal Health Services, Inc. v.  U.S. ex rel. Escobar.  Under this theory of liability, any person who submits […]

Further Analysis of 60-day Medicare Overpayment Rule Reveals Emphasis on Proper Compliance Plans

Last week, we highlighted that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a long-awaited final rule regarding its interpretation of the statutory obligation of Medicare Part A and Part B providers to return any overpayments they receive from the program within 60 days after such an overpayment is “identified.”  The final rule is […]

CMS Releases Final Rule on 60-day Medicare Overpayment Reporting Obligations

This morning, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) made available a copy of a final rule clarifying the obligations of providers and suppliers to report and return Medicare overpayments within 60 days after the date on which the overpayment was identified.  The final rule will be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register.

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 […]

The Rise of the Worthless Services Theory in Federal False Claims Act (Whistleblower) Cases – A Look to the Future

The theory of “worthless services” has yet again been tried by whistleblowers in the federal False Claims Act context, this time resulting in a large settlement with the federal government.  We saw this argument made previously in Ashber v. Momence, which we discussed in a prior article here.  Now, Extendicare Health Services Inc., and its […]

An Ever Widening Gap: Circuit Split on the Applicable Pleading Standard for the False Claims Act

Many areas of the False Claim Act are subject to legal interpretation and have been subject to Circuit splits, sometimes resulting in rulings from the Supreme Court.  In the United States, there are thirteen federal circuit courts that provide intermediate appellate review of the federal district courts in several states.  The decision by a circuit […]

Absher v. Momence: A Mixed Decision—Limiting and Expanding the False Claims Act

In the ever-expanding area of the federal False Claims Act, the recent decision by the 7th Circuit in Absher v. Momence Meadows Nursing Center Inc., limited pursuing a False Claims Act violation under the worthless services theory but potentially expanded what administrative reports do not trigger the public disclosure bar of the False Claims Act. […]

Cardiology Group to Pay More than $1.33 Million to Settle Allegations of Stark Law and False Claims Act Violations

According to United States Attorney Richard Hartunian of the Northern District of New York, Cardiovascular Specialists, P.C., has agreed to pay the federal government $1,336,636.98 plus interest to settle allegations that it violated the federal Physician Self-Referral Law (also known as the Stark Law) and the federal False Claims Act by knowingly compensating its physicians […]

Attention Medicaid and Medicare Providers: US DOJ Sues Providers for Failing to Return Overpayments Within 60 Days

On June 27, 2014, in the case of United States ex rel. Kane v. Healthfirst, Inc., et al., No. 11-2325 (S.D.N.Y.), the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), via the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, sued several Medicaid providers under the federal False Claims Act for failing to return […]

Fourth Circuit Decision Addresses Constitutionality of Per-Claim Penalty under Federal False Claims Act

The decision delivered just before Christmas by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in US ex rel. Kurt Bunk, et al., v. Gosselin Worldwide Moving, N.V., et al. is of value and of interest to all healthcare providers subject to the reach of the Federal False Claims Act (hereafter “FCA”). Although not […]