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 […]

NYC HRA Sued under False Claims Act by Whistleblower; Settles with US DOJ for $1.05 Million

According to United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, the City of New York (NYC) has agreed to pay the United States Department of Justice (US DOJ) $1.05 million to settle allegations that the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) violated the federal False Claims Act by causing various managed care organizations (MCOs) to provide Medicaid coverage […]

National Health Care Fraud Abuse Control Program Reports Record Recoveries and Return on Investment

Through their Health Care Fraud Abuse Control program (“HCFAC”), the United States Departments of Justice (“DOJ”) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) have recovered more than $19 billion from health care providers over the last five years.  A report released on February 26 shows that the program’s three-year return on […]

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 […]

Applicability of Fraud and Abuse Rules to the Marketplace Clarified … Somewhat

One of the lingering questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act is whether plans on the Marketplace are considered part of a Federal health care program, thus opening up potential liability under the Anti-Kickback Statute. There was concern that the broad language defining a “Federal health care program” would apply […]

Exclusion From Federal Health Care Programs: New Guidance From The United States HHS OIG

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has issued a Special Advisory Bulletin on the Effect of Exclusion from Participation in Federal Health Care Programs (“the Bulletin”).  The Bulletin replaces the previous OIG bulletin on this topic issued in 1999.  Exclusions from federal health care programs (including […]

OIG: PODs “Inherently Suspect”

On Tuesday, the federal Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a Special Fraud Alert (“Fraud Alert”) detailing the OIG’s concerns with Physician-Owned Entities.  Specifically, the alert dealt with physician-owned distributorships, or PODs.  PODs are typically entities that make money by selling or arranging for the sale of implantable medical devices. The United States Senate […]

Auditing the Auditors, Part II: New York State Senate Republicans Request Independent Audit of the OMIG

As a result of a recent Congressional report on New York State’s Medicaid program, the Legislative Gazette has reported that Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and New York State Senate’s Republican Conference have called for an independent audit of the New York State Medicaid program. A Congressional panel had requested that federal auditors review New […]

Auditing the Auditors? Congressional Panel Requests Federal Audit of New York’s Medicaid Program

As a result of a recent Congressional report on New York State’s Medicaid program, a Congressional panel has requested that federal auditors review New York State’s $54 billion Medicaid spending and fraud, waste and abuse oversight programs. The report of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, entitled “Billions of Federal […]