Dorsey Health Law Blog

OIG’s Latest Congressional Report Sees Continued Emphasis on Fraud and Abuse Enforcement

Carson Lamb

In the final quarter of calendar year 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its Semiannual Report to Congress (the “Report”).  The Report covers the six-month period from April 2019 through September 2019 and details for Congress the OIG’s activities during that time and how the office uses...

2020 CPI-U and DHS Code List Updates Posted on CMS Website

Laura B. Morgan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently posted two annual updates related to the physician self-referral law (“Stark Law” or “Stark”) on its Stark website: (1) CPI-U updates related to the nonmonetary compensation exception and medical staff incidental benefits exception; and (2) CPT/HCPCS codes used to identify certain categories of Stark designated health...

New Proposal to Remove Disincentives to Living Organ Donation

Randall Hanson

On December 20, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “Proposal”) that removes financial barriers to organ donation by expanding the scope of reimbursable expenses paid through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses Incurred toward Living Organ Donation program (the...

Naughty or Nice: Feds Hand Out More Than Lumps of Coal When it Comes to Healthcare Fraud

Alissa Smith

The United States government has an arsenal of agencies and civil and criminal statutes at its disposal to choose from in investigating and combating healthcare fraud.  A recent federal indictment discussed below exemplifies just how multifaceted government investigations and prosecutions can be.  And organizations need to be prepared to respond to such investigations. Last week,...

Escobar in Action: Physician-owners’ fraud claims against hospital defeated in Fifth Circuit appeal for lack of materiality

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Following the passage of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), which placed new limits on physician-owned hospitals, St. Luke’s Health System (“System”) took action to change one of its hospital’s ownership structures through a buy-out of the physicians’ partnership interests pursuant to the Texas Securities Act (“TSA”). The TSA allows rescission for the original price paid...

New Disclosure Requirements to be Phased-In to CMS Enrollment and Revalidation Process

Neal N. Peterson

On September 5, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) effective November 4, 2019, which increases disclosure requirements for the provider and supplier enrollment and revalidation process. The Final Rule is aimed at increasing the information provided to CMS in enrollment and revalidation to identify fraud, waste,...

The “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care” – Overview and Links to Further Resources from Dorsey & Whitney

Laura B. Morgan

In 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (the “Department”) launched what it calls a “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care” to accelerate a transformation of the health care system, with a focus on removing “unnecessary obstacles” to coordinated care (the “Regulatory Sprint”). Numerous federal agencies have requested comments and information from the public and...

CMS Finalizes Changes to the Stark Advisory Opinion Regulations; 2020 DHS Code List and CPI-U Updates

Laura B. Morgan

In the calendar year 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule (“PFS”), which was published in the Federal Register on November 15, 2019 (available here), CMS finalized changes to the advisory opinion process under the federal physician self-referral law (“Stark Law” or “Stark”).  CMS also published its annual update to CPT/HCPCS codes used to identify...

Settlement Reached in the First Federal Opioids Trial

Alissa Smith

This post is an update from our earlier blog post, available here, on the bellwether federal opioids trial in the Northern District of Ohio.  Just hours prior to the start of the trial in a consolidated case involving two plaintiff counties in Ohio, all of the remaining defendants in the case, except Walgreens, reached a...