Category: Fraud and Abuse

Q4 Government Settlements Round-Up: Life Sciences

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other government enforcers announced a number of key settlements in the life sciences industry in October – December 2019. These settlements include: LIFE SCIENCES INDIVIDUALS/ ENTITIES SETTLEMENT DATE RESOLUTION KEY AREAS OF ENFORCEMENT Pharmaceutical company Dec. 3, 2019 $3 million Deferred prosecution agreement […]

OIG Announces Updated Hotline for Reporting Fraud, Waste & Abuse

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced yesterday a revamped hotline for reporting fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement involving DHHS programs. Complaints investigated by the OIG include, among other things, false or fraudulent claims submitted to Medicare or Medicaid; kickbacks or inducements for […]

PhRMA Releases Updated Code on Interactions with Health Care Professionals

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (“PhRMA”) recently issued an updated Code on Interactions with Health Care Professionals (the “Updated Code”). The Updated Code’s preamble states that it reinforces PhRMA’s intentions that interactions with health care professionals are professional exchanges designed to benefit patients and to enhance the practice of medicine. […]

HHS Releases Long-Awaited Proposed Rules Related to AKS, Stark, CMP Laws for Value-Based and Coordinated Care Arrangements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the release of two long-awaited proposed rules to “modernize and clarify” federal laws relevant to value-based and patient coordinated care programs. As previously discussed, these proposed rules are part of HHS’ Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care and arise from […]

Q3 GOVERNMENT SETTLEMENTS ROUND-UP: LIFE SCIENCES

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other government enforcers announced a number of key settlements in the life sciences industry in July – September 2019. These settlements include: LIFE SCIENCES INDIVIDUALS/ ENTITIES SETTLEMENT DATE RESOLUTION KEY AREAS OF ENFORCEMENT Pharmaceutical company Sept. 26, 2019 $108M Deferred prosecution agreement Forfeiture […]

OIG Report on Reasonable Assumptions in Manufacturer Reporting

Last week the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report titled “Reasonable Assumptions in Manufacturer Reporting of AMP and Best Prices” (Report) that reviewed the use of assumptions made by a sample of drug manufacturers participating in the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP) […]

OIG Publishes Advisory Opinion on an Arrangement Involving an Excluded Individual

In OIG Advisory Opinion No.19-05, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded that it would not impose sanctions against a requestor under the civil monetary provision of the Social Security Act (SSA) that prohibits certain persons from contracting with individuals or entities known […]