In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services decided to waive many of the restrictions found in the Physician Self-Referral Law, more commonly known as the Stark Law. The primary intent of the waivers was to increase access to healthcare for those who needed it most due to COVID-19.
Chris Roane, Director in Bennett Thrasher’s Dispute Resolution & Forensics practice, recently co-authored an article for the American Health Law Association on the performance of IRO Arrangements Reviews as it relates to Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIA). Chris and fellow article author Jeffrey Wilson, SVP and General Counsel for Lexington Medical Center discussed the core requirements of CIAs and some tips for effectively navigating IRO Arrangements Reviews.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a staggering level of operational and financial challenges for healthcare providers. While the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) provided billions of dollars of stimulus payments to those impacted financially by the pandemic, the stimulus rollout also presented numerous challenges, specifically in the lack of clarity in the PRF’s terms and conditions.
In January 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) reported its annual False Claims Act (“FCA”) statistics for recoveries resulting from civil settlements and judgements in fiscal year (“FY”) 2020 (October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020). The FCA is the DOJ’s most powerful tool in combating false claims submitted to the government by individuals and companies. Most FCA cases brought by the government target those that operate in the healthcare industry.
In an article recently published in Healthcare Risk Management, Bennett Thrasher partner Chris Frederick discusses important factors healthcare organizations should pay attention to when dealing with cybercoverage and commercial insurance policies.
It is no secret that healthcare regulatory compliance is front and center in the eyes of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Last week over 130 of the “who’s who” among attorneys focused on white collar crime from across the Southeast convened for the annual Southeastern White Collar Crime Institute, hosted by the American Bar Institute.