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Top Ten Health Law Myths

I have been practicing health law for more than 25 years and have had the benefit of working with a lot of healthcare providers. My clients will often repeat myths about the practice of healthcare they have heard from their colleagues. There are also occasions when my fellow attorneys will make assumptions about healthcare law […]

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Improper Billing of “P-Stim” Devices is Focus of Recent FCA Settlements

Improper billing for electro-acupuncture using a “P-Stim” device (or peri-auricular stimulation device) has been the subject of two False Claims Act (FCA) settlements already in 2021, following a trend of such enforcement actions within the past year. And there are more to come. These prosecutions involve providers billing federal healthcare programs for acupuncture using P-Stim […]

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Texas Company Agrees to Reimburse Medicare for Improper Billing Related to Neurostimulators

Spinal Decompression Clinic of Texas (“SDCT”) has agreed to pay $330,898.00 to resolve liability under the False Claims Act for the alleged improper billing of electro-acupuncture device neurostimulators. Medicare does not reimburse for acupuncture or for acupuncture devices such as P-Stim, nor does Medicare reimburse for P-Stim as a neurostimulator or as implantation of neurostimulator electrodes.

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The United States and Tennessee Resolve False Claims Act Claims Relating to “P-Stim” Devices

A physician and two chiropractors agreed to pay the United States and Tennessee a total of $1.72 million to resolve liability under the False Claims Act for the alleged improper billing for electro-acupuncture using a peri-auricular stimulation device known as “P-Stim” that does not qualify for reimbursement under Medicare.

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OIG Issues New Guidance Regarding Big-Box Store Gift Cards as Patient Incentives

OIG has taken the position that gift cards to “big-box” retailers are identified as impermissible “cash or cash equivalent” incentives under the Civil Monetary Penalties Law.

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Patient Recruiter Convicted in $2.8 Million Telemedicine Scheme Against Medicare

The owner of an Orlando-area telemarketing call center was convicted for his role in a kickback scheme involving expensive genetic tests and fraudulent telemedicine services that resulted in the payment of approximately $2.8 million in false and fraudulent claims to Medicare.

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Texas Hospice Owner Sentenced for Fraud Scheme

A jury found Rodney Mesquias guilty last week on charges of: conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, and six counts of healthcare fraud. Mesquias owned and operated Merida Group, a healthcare company with dozens of locations in Texas. The Department of Justice […]

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Texas Heart Hospital and Subsidiary Management Company to Pay $48 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Alleged Kickbacks

Huge qui tam settlement where the qui tam plaintiffs will recover $13.9 million. The underlying action involves allegations that the Heart Hospital violated the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute by requiring physician owners to satisfy the Heart Hospital’s yearly 48 patient-contact requirement in order to maintain ownership in the hospital. This settlement arises from […]

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Federal Regulatory Compliance Issues Can Arise in State Court Matters

An interesting read regarding the use of federal regulatory compliance issues (e.g impermissible healthcare kickbacks) to support a state court tort claim. The plaintiffs sued the manufacturer of a immunoglobulin infusion product alleging that the manufacturer improperly induced a physician to misdiagnose their condition by paying the physician impermissible kickbacks through bonuses and commissions. The […]

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Two area home health agency owners charged in health care fraud and illegal kickback scheme

A federal grand jury indicted two home health agency on allegations that they fraudulently billed Medicare more than $10 million. The indictment alleges that Tataw and Anglea Bisong, co-owners of SierCam Healthcare Services LLC, billed Medicare for home health services that were not medically necessary or not actually provided as billed. Under the alleged scheme, […]