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 […]

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 […]

Proposed Rule to Extend and Amend the Exception to Donate Electronic Health Records Items and Services

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published on April 10, 2013 proposed rules to extend and amend the Electronic Health Records (EHR) donation exceptions under the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law, respectively. The proposed rules would extend the […]

The Wild, Wild West of Billing by Out-of-Network Labs and Waivers of Patient Responsibility

O’Connell & Aronowitz attorneys, Jeffrey Sherrin, Kurt Bratten, and Charles Dunham, spoke at a national meeting of clinical laboratories in Las Vegas on May 19, on the complicated issue of referrals to and billing by out- of-network (OON) clinical laboratories, and the waiver of patient responsibility.  Waivers of copays, deductibles and balance billing have been used […]

OIG Releases Advisory Opinion on Physician Investments in Pathology Laboratory Management Services Company

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued an Advisory Opinion (AO 11-15) on a proposed arrangement relating to a physician investment in a pathology laboratory management services company.

HHS OIG Finds Potential Anti-Kickback Violations in Online Referral Service

In an advisory opinion dated May 13, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) warned the operator of an online referral system that charging health care providers a fee to list their services on the system could potentially violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and lead to administrative sanctions, including […]