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U.S. Attorney Announces Indictment and Arrest of New York Ophthalmologist for Healthcare Fraud

On November 22, 2019, the United States Attorney Office for the Southern District of New York (USAO) announced that an ophthalmologist with practices in New York and Connecticut has been indicted for healthcare fraud. The USAO also filed a civil fraud complaint against the physician and his medical practice under the False Claims Act.  The indictment alleges that between 2010 and 2017, the physician engaged in fraudulently billing patients, Medicare,...

States Reach Settlement with Reckitt Over Allegations of Improper Marketing of Suboxone

On October 23, 2019, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that New York and other states have reached a civil settlement agreement with Reckitt Benckiser Group (Reckitt) to settle allegations that the pharmaceutical distributor improperly marketed and promoted Suboxone (approved opioid addiction treatment) resulting in improper expenditure of Medicaid funds. Reckitt agreed to pay $700 million to settle the allegations, including those it settled with the U.S. earlier this...

Scrutiny by the Federal Government of Hospital-Physician Financial Relationships Continues Unabated

On November 15, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement in excess of $46 million with a number of California hospitals and affiliated medical practices. The basis for the action by the DOJ related to a variety of financial arrangements between the hospitals, and physicians and physician groups that are referral sources to the hospitals. DOJ alleged violations of both the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark) and the Federal...

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Separating from Your Employer Without the Drama Webinar Recording

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI5dcTduQ5o For physicians, separating from an employer can present many potential issues. Knowing how to avoid common missteps can help minimize the impact on your business. In this recorded webinar, John E. Morrone, Esq., provides practical advice and discusses exiting employment contracts and re-entering private practice, including: Legal implications of exiting an employment contract Escaping the non-compete Managing non-solicitation provisions Preserving the physician-patient relationship If you are a physician with...

DOJ Targets Laboratory Owner in Nationwide Telehealth Fraud Scheme

Federal prosecutors in Florida and Louisiana have filed multiple indictments related to a nationwide telemedicine fraud scheme involving genetic testing. The arrangement included at least 35 individuals and has resulted in the submission of more than $2.1 billion of fraudulent claims. Earlier this week, federal prosecutors for the United States Department of Justice charged the CEO of LabSolutions, LLC, the owners of telemedicine companies Lotus Health, LLC, MedSymphony, LLC, and...