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Jonathan Levitt Selected as a 2016 “Super Lawyer”

Frier Levitt Founding Partner Jonathan E. Levitt, Esq. has been selected as a 2016 Super Lawyer. This is Jonathan's 11th straight overall Super Lawyers selection, having been selected as a "Super Lawyer" since 2011 and previously as a Super Lawyers "Rising Star" from 2006 - 2010. Part of Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The...

New York Providers – Are You Ready To E-Prescribe?

This past Sunday, March 27, 2016, New York State began monitoring and enforcing physician compliance with a New York State law requiring all physicians to prescribe controlled and non-controlled substances electronically. The new law went into effect a year later than anticipated, an initiative New York State took in order to allow physicians adequate time to prepare. New York's new e-prescribing requirements rely heavily on the Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA)...

HHS Enters $1.55 million and $3.9 million Settlements Involving HIPAA Violations Underscoring the Government’s Continued Aggressive Enforcement of HIPAA Regulations

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced two settlements with covered entities for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. In the first case, a Minnesota-based hospital system settled with the government, agreeing to pay $1.55 million. The hospital system allegedly failed to enter into a business associate agreement with one of its contractors and...

PBM Audits May Carry Civil and Criminal Implications – Understand the Risks

The compounding industry has experienced a dramatic increase in the number of federal and state-level investigations and prosecutions over the past year. Headlines announcing new investigations continue to appear with alarming frequency. Investigators have focused on sales and marketing activities and have also probed telemedicine relationships and copayment collection, particularly in the context of claims billed to Tricare. While PBMs have always conducted audits of federal claims in the normal...

Federal Jury Convicts Anesthesiologist of Health Care Fraud Based in Part on Failure to Properly Supervise Nurse Anesthetists

Recent criminal investigations, prosecutions and convictions related to health care fraud across the country signal a new and aggressive approach by the federal government against physicians and other providers. Many of these prosecutions are breathing new life into a dormant criminal statute that has broad applicability to a wide range of provider conduct. On March 4, 2016, a federal jury convicted a licensed anesthesiologist of seven counts of health care...