Medicare and Medicaid


Primary Care Payment Model Delayed to 2021
November 4, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Hospitals | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, recently released its Request for Applications for the new “Primary Care First” payment model. The program will now begin in 2021 rather than the 2020 start date that was originally proposed in April, as discussed here. CMS said it …
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Life Spine Settles FCA Kickback Case for $6 Million
October 31, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Affordable Care Act | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid
Spinal implant manufacturer Life Spine Inc. and two of its executives have settled their False Claims Act case by agreeing last week to pay the federal government $6 million. As discussed here, the company and executives had been accused of paying kickbacks to surgeons to use the company’s products. In addition to paying $5.5 million …
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Hospital to Pay $20 Million to Settle Whistleblower Case
October 29, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Hospitals | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on October 28 that Sanford Health, a hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will pay $20.25 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging violations of the False Claims Act and federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Two surgeons at the hospital filed the suit alleging that the hospital allowed another surgeon …
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CMS Announces New Medicare Program Integrity Strategy
October 23, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
In an October 21 blog post titled “The Future of Medicare Program Integrity,” Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma described a new five-pronged approach to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare program. The five “pillars” of the initiative are: Stop bad actors. CMS works with the Office of Inspector …
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Proposed Changes to Stark Law Promote Value-Based Provider Arrangements
October 11, 2019 | Benjamin P. Malerba | Ada Kozicz | Fraud and Abuse | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care,” the U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) coordinated their efforts in issuing proposed changes to the federal fraud and abuse laws which prohibit certain patient referrals. The changes are intended …
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Genetic Testing Fraud Trend Attracts DOJ Attention
October 8, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Fraud and Abuse | Litigation | Medicare and Medicaid | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced fraud charges against 35 individuals in five federal districts for defrauding Medicare of more than $2.1 billion in medically unnecessary genetic testing. The announcement of the coordinated actions, which involved dozens of telemedicine companies and genetic testing laboratories, eight physicians and two nurse practitioners, was foreshadowed by a Fraud …
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Wave of DOJ Actions Targets Healthcare Fraudsters
October 3, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | False Claims Act | Fraud and Abuse | Home Health | Litigation | Medical Devices and Wearables | Medicare and Medicaid | Pharmaceuticals | Telehealth
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) kicked its healthcare fraud enforcement activities into high gear last week, unveiling charges against hundreds of individuals and companies for paying kickbacks and billing for unnecessary drugs, supplies and tests. The cases, which alleged nearly $1.5 billion in fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers, targeted specialty pharmacies, …
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CMS Updates Medicare Plan Finder Tool
September 24, 2019 | Cassandra Rivais DiNova | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid | Private Insurers
As Medicare open enrollment approaches, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 27 the launch of a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder tool. This new tool makes it easier for customers to compare pricing, coverage, and drug plans of Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, and Part D programs. The Plan Finder tool is …
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OIG Approves Real Estate Transaction With a Medicare-Excluded Individual
September 23, 2019 | Ada Kozicz | Fraud and Abuse | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable Advisory Opinion (No. 19-05) involving a proposed transaction with an excluded individual. Healthcare entities and providers must always use caution when contemplating proposed transactions with an individual who is excluded from participating in Medicare, Medicaid or other federally …
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Zocdoc Fees Get Anti-Kickback Approval
September 18, 2019 | Eric D. Fader | Fraud and Abuse | Legislation and Public Policy | Medicare and Medicaid
The online appointment booking service Zocdoc has received a favorable Advisory Opinion from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) confirming that Zocdoc’s new per-click or per-booking fee model does not violate the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Without AKS concerns, Zocdoc may now allow Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal …
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