Rivkin Rounds has been “YOUR PRESCRIBED DOSE OF HEALTH LAW NEWS” on Rivkin Radler’s website and in social media for almost three years, but today we graduate to LexBlog and our own URL! I’ve been condensing healthcare industry doings into bite-size pieces for 10+ years, including my pre-Rivkin existence, and other than the new platform

Rivkin Radler’s Jeff Kaiser will be a panelist at the Upstate New York Health Care Fraud Symposium hosted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York. Jeff’s panel is entitled “Use of the False Claims Act in Health Care Fraud Investigations and Litigation.”

The symposium will take place on Friday,

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that a federal grand jury has charged two pharmacy owners, a mother-daughter duo from South Florida, with healthcare fraud, wire fraud, and payment of kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals.

According to the indictment, the pharmacy entered into sham contracts with marketing and telemedicine companies that disguised the

The New Jersey Division of Taxation recently provided guidance on registration and licensing requirements, Social Equity Excise Fees, and the Sales & Use tax applicable to companies operating in the cannabis industry. This article by Rivkin Radler’s Louis Vlahos and Timothy Gonzalez summarizes important takeaways from the Division’s publication.

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Dental Care Alliance, LLC (DCA) agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that arose out of a 2020 cyberattack. A hearing to approve the $3 million settlement was held on September 1.

DCA, based in Sarasota, Fla., is a dental services organization that provides practice support to over 390 affiliated dental practices across the U.S.

On August 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that Massachusetts-based New England Dermatology, P.C., d/b/a New England Dermatology and Laser Center (NEDLC), agreed to resolve alleged HIPAA violations for a fine of $300,640.

OCR commenced an investigation of NEDLC after the provider filed a breach report

Rivkin Radler’s Michael Sirignano authored an article for the September 2 issue of the New York Law Journal entitled “As Telemedicine Expands, Insurance Fraud Grows.” The article discussed recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice and the recent Special Fraud Alert issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’

In the next installment of Rivkin Radler’s Healthcare Compliance Lunch & Learn series, Ashley Algazi will discuss requirements and tips for success in conducting HIPAA breach assessments and making required disclosures. The program will:

• Review HIPAA breach definition
• Discuss the analysis and investigation process to determine whether a breach has occurred
• Review

On August 23, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Dallas-based optical lens manufacturer Essilor International and its affiliates agreed to pay $16.4 million to settle alleged violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). Three former Essilor district sales managers filed a whistleblower suit under the False Claims Act claiming that between 2011 and 2016,

If our most recent Fraud Week post (NY Chiropractor Billed for Non-Existent Acupuncture Services) didn’t already drive home the point, it is worth emphasizing that billing insurers for items or services that weren’t actually provided is always a bad idea.

On August 4, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Ariel Madero

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued an Advisory Opinion on offering gift cards to patients for completing an online patient education program.

In this particular case, the online program was used to educate patients on the risks, benefits and expectations relating to surgeries, and it was