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Fraudulent Cardiologist Was Very Busy

 Suspicious of the practices of one of its cardiologists, a hospital hired an independent expert to investigate. The expert examined records of 12 patients but “could not find support in any of the twelve cases” to implant pacemakers. The hospital terminated the doctor, and the government indicted him for health care fraud. During trial the government deployed an … Continue Reading

Movant Beware: No Right of Action Under HIPAA, and No Class-Cert Absent Notice

The Sixth Circuit has joined other circuits in unanimously holding that HIPAA creates no private right of action. That was the easy part. The panel divided 2-1 in ruling that a Tennessee statute likewise provides no remedy for patients allegedly overcharged by Ciox, a medical-records company. But Faber v. Ciox Health wasn’t a complete blowout: the court … Continue Reading

Fundamental Right to be a Federal Healthcare Provider?

Rejecting a contrary holding in the Fourth Circuit, the Sixth Circuit decided a healthcare provider has no “fundamental right to participate in federal health care programs.” Accordingly, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was correct to exclude a pharmacist from federal healthcare programs simply because he was convicted of misdemeanor misbranding.… Continue Reading

Can DOJ Impose False Claims Act on States?

The immense power wielded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the False Claims Act (FCA) has limits according to United States District Judge Anna J. Brown in the District of Oregon. This month the court decided DOJ cannot force the Act to apply to an “arm of the state” simply by intervening in the suit. Although … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Overturns $11.1 Million Judgment Against MedQuest for FCA Violations

On April 1, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit overturned the $11.1 million judgment against MedQuest for its submission of claims to Medicare for tests in diagnostic testing facilities that were not supervised by approved physicians.  The whistleblower action was initiated by a former MedQuest employee, alleging that MedQuest, a … Continue Reading
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