On March 18, 2021, the U.S. Senate confirmed Xavier Becerra, a longtime proponent of mental health parity laws, as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). Becerra’s nomination was supported by Mental Health... Read More
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In this recent issue of Podiatry Management, Podiatrist Attorney Lawrence Kobak, DPM, JD discusses more bizarre podiatric legal cases. The cases include committing fraud, inaccurately filling out official documents, inappropriate behavior with a... Read More
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On May 27, 2020, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota, North Carolina and Kansas filed suit against CVS Pharmacy alleging an insurance fraud scheme involving overcharging for generic drugs for over a decade. ... Read More
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As a first in the nation, criminal complaints were filed recently in Federal Court in Rhode Island for fraud related to the seeking of more than a half million dollars in loans pursuant to the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security... Read More
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Reimbursement disputes between healthcare providers and plans/plan sponsors (Payers) involving Out-of-Network (OON) claims have taken a center stage in the healthcare industry as well as in the court system.  Indeed, there has been a series of... Read More
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COVID-19 has caused significant financial impact on Providers, including the suspension or complete shutdown of some types of medical practices and surgery centers. Many states and municipal authorities have issued Executive Orders mandating... Read More
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In a March 30th, 2020 proposed Interim Final Rule (“IFR”), CMS declared that it would be applying (and, later, expanding the scope of) its “extreme and uncontrollable circumstances” regulation, 42 C.F.R. 425.502(f), to “mitigate any impact... Read More
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U.S. Attorneys in the Southern District of Georgia recently charged the operator of a durable medical equipment company with conspiring to pay kickbacks to physicians in exchange for obtaining DME orders. This action reaffirms the Department of... Read More
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Frier Levitt is pleased to announce that its COVID-19 Task Force assisted a national distributor to obtain an authorized distributorship of COVID-19 testing kits from a renowned South Korean manufacturer. This is a crucial development amid the... Read More
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