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OIG Issues New Guidelines for Review of State FCA Statutes


Posted on March 15, 2013 in False Claims Act Defense

Published by: Hall Render

The recent amendments to the False Claims Act, the Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act of 2009 (“FERA”), the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“PPACA”), and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) continue to generate new rules and guidance. Effective 2007, Congress created incentives for States to pass and enforce mirror FCA statutes... READ MORE

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False Claims Act Update


Posted on February 27, 2013 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

Appellate Court Cases Three appellate-level FCA cases were reported in January and February 2013. Only one, U.S. ex rel. Nathan v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc., was selected for publication. All three cases addressed Rule 9(b)’s requirement that allegations of fraud be lead “with particularity.” The cases, read together, highlight the differences among Circuits... READ MORE

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The False Claims Act and Quality of Care


Posted on February 13, 2013 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

Can the False Claims Act be used by the government or whistleblowers in quality of care cases? The Department of Justice seems to think so, based in significant part on the retention of overpayments amendments to the FCA by FERA and the PPACA. For more please read Retention of Overpayments under FERA and the... READ MORE

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Here Be Dragons – Regulatory Law and the Advice-of-Counsel Defense


Posted on July 20, 2012 in False Claims Act Defense, Litigation Analysis

Written by: David B. Honig

Federal regulations are an enormous morass of complex, confusing, and often contradictory rules. The 2009 Code of Federal Regulations was 163,333 pages in 226 individual books.  The 2010 Federal Register, which contains new regulations proposed rules, and presidential papers, contained an additional 81,305 pages.  Intended as a roadmap, providing guideposts and requirements for dealing... READ MORE

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FCA – ACA = ?


Posted on June 25, 2012 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

This Thursday, June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court will decide the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” In so doing, it may also make significant changes in one of the newest and most complicated amendments the False Claims Act, with results that are almost impossible to predict.... READ MORE

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Do whistleblowers have to plead with particularity for every claim?


Posted on June 22, 2012 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

Pleading a False Claims Act case can be a tricky exercise, and in defending an FCA case, it is important to know just what the rules are for a whistleblower, and how they can fail to meet them. One of the most common mistakes made by whistleblowers is failing to “plead fraud with particularity,” a requirement... READ MORE

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False Claims Exposure in Credentialing and Peer Review


Posted on March 27, 2012 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

The Federal Government has reinforced its expanded theory of false claim liability for quality matters by settling allegations against a hospital that a physician’s lack of qualifications to perform certain surgical procedures should be considered a false claim, regardless of the patient’s outcome. As part of the settlement, the hospital defendant paid the Government... READ MORE

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A Twenty Year Statute of Limitations?


Posted on March 15, 2012 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

Last month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed rules for reporting of overpayments. These proposed rules, if adopted and strictly interpreted, could effectively create a twenty-year statute of limitations under the False Claims Act. READ MORE

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February FCA Update


Posted on March 13, 2012 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

February was an interesting month, with one case showing how OIG advisory opinions can be taken too far, another considering fraud under a corporate integrity agreement, and a court applying burden-shifting for the first time at the appellate level in FCA retaliation cases. Cases reviewed from February are: US ex rel. Boggs v. Bright Smile... READ MORE

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False Claims Act Update, January 2012


Posted on February 6, 2012 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

January, 2012, saw two different examples of the Government using the False Claims Act to bring a gun to a knife fight. In the first case the gun won the day. In the second, it backfired. Both cases were brought in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and in both the Government was the... READ MORE

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