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CMS Makes Value the Centerpiece of Proposed Stark Rules


Posted on October 10, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On October 9, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a much anticipated proposed rule (“Proposed Rule”) aimed at modernizing and streamlining the Federal Stark Regulations. The Proposed Rule is one component of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently launched “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care” and is intended... READ MORE

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Department of Justice Announces $42 Million Settlement for Alleged False Claims Act Violations


Posted on August 8, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Recently, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced it had entered into a $42 million settlement (“Settlement”)[1] with the owners of a California acute care hospital (“Parent Company”) to resolve allegations that the Parent Company had violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to Medicare and MediCal (California Medicaid) programs. The Parent Company... READ MORE

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Real Estate Professionals Can Be Whistle Blowers Too!


Posted on November 4, 2015 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

A trend in real estate-related False Claims Act litigation should put hospitals and other health care providers on notice that relators are looking for big paydays for non-compliant real estate arrangements. The relators described in this article are real estate professionals who are bringing technically complex claims with little to no institutional knowledge of... READ MORE

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The Use of Fair Market Value Assessments for Health Care Leasing Arrangements


Posted on November 13, 2014 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Under both the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute, space lease arrangements between referring physicians and hospitals are coming under growing scrutiny as the government’s concentration on eliminating Medicare and Medicaid fraud and overpayments increases. Safe harbors and exceptions with respect to lease arrangements exist under both statutes with one of the requirements being... READ MORE

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New 11th Circuit Case: Fraud with Particularity


Posted on November 3, 2014 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

Last week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its unpublished ruling in US ex rel. Mastej v. Health Management Associates, Inc. At issue was whether the relator’s Third Amended Complaint adequately pled fraud with particularity, as required by Fed.R.Civ.Pro. 9(b). Mastej was an Health Management Associate (“HMA”) executive from 2001 to February 2007. In that... READ MORE

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September 2014 FCA Update


Posted on October 12, 2014 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

Only one FCA case of interest was decided by a U.S. Circuit Court in September. In US ex rel Parikh v Brown, the Court found that a county hospital and its administrator’s participation in a “simple, brazen kickback scheme” could not be shielded by qualified immunity. The hospital and its administrator split pain center revenues with... READ MORE

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The Top 5 Regulatory Issues Affecting Hospital Leasing Arrangements


Posted on October 3, 2014 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

Over the past decade, hospitals have become increasingly regulated. In response, most hospitals have elected to implement corporate compliance programs. While these programs serve an important purpose, most fail to specifically address an area that is highly regulated – the leasing of hospital real estate. Managing hospital leasing arrangements can be extremely tedious work... READ MORE

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Another Antipsychotic Measure Fails to Pass


Posted on July 6, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

In an on-going push to regulate the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing facilities, another piece of legislation has failed to pass Congress.  The Senate did not pass a proposed regulation that would have standardized protocols for obtaining informed consent before administering antipsychotics for off-label use.   READ MORE

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