Fraud and Abuse

On May 27, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California refused to dismiss a lawsuit[1] brought against Envision Healthcare Corp. alleging violations of California’s corporate practice of medicine (CPOM) prohibition, as well as state fee-splitting and kickback prohibitions. The action was brought by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Physician Group

In a recent Advisory Opinion, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that an arrangement involving certain physicians who have an ownership interest in a medical device company that manufactures products that may be ordered by the physician owners (the “Company”) was not considered a suspect physician-owned

With the proliferation of precision and individualized medicine, genetic testing and counseling will likely remain on the radar of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice for years to come. Biopharma companies and manufacturers must carefully consider the facts and safeguards applicable to any sponsored

The increased use of telehealth services is a trend that is expected to continue long after the COVID-19 pandemic ends. In keeping with this trend, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a favorable Advisory Opinion that allowed a federally qualified health center (FQHC) to provide free

A New York woman was sentenced last month to 78 months in prison for defrauding healthcare programs, including obtaining more than $6.5 million from Medicare Part D plans and Medicaid drug plans.

Queens resident Aleah Mohammed owned five pharmacies, four of which operated under variations of the name “Superdrugs.” Between 2015 and 2020, the pharmacies

On April 20, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced criminal charges against 21 people across the country for COVID-19-related frauds. The defendants are accused of over $149 million in false billings to federal programs and thefts from federally funded pandemic assistance programs.

Some of the defendants, in California, New York and Maryland, allegedly obtained

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently intervened in an action filed in Texas against two laboratory CEOs, one hospital CEO, and numerous other executives, employees, and recruiters, seeking civil penalties and treble damages for violations of the False Claims Act. The DOJ’s complaint, which was unsealed on April 4, also alleges that the fraudulent

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on March 3 that Ameet Goyal, M.D., a Westchester-based ophthalmologist, was sentenced to 96 months in prison for falsely billing for millions of dollars of upcoded procedures over seven years, and for fraudulently obtaining two business loans under the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in the early

Rivkin Radler’s Michael Sirignano wrote an article, “The Opioid Crisis: An Epidemic Exacerbated by Fraud,” that appeared in the March 3 issue of the New York Law Journal. The article discussed the various types of opioid fraud, including illegal distribution, fake prescriptions, illegal dispensing by pharmacies, and medically unnecessary procedures.

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On Thursday, January 13, in the next installment of Rivkin Radler’s Healthcare Compliance Lunch & Learn series, Rivkin Radler Partner Robert Hussar will present a review of key developments in healthcare fraud and abuse, compliance and government enforcement in 2021 as well as trends and changes in the industry that will impact healthcare organizations and