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Mealey's Health Law - Montana House Passes ACA Medicaid Expansion Legislation

HELENA, Mont. - Montana Legislature on April 9 appeared to ready to enact legislation expanding Medicaid under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) after a newly introduced bill survived four failed motions for a second reading and two motions to re-refer the legislation to the House...

Mealey's Health Law - DOJ: 2 Diagnostic Companies Agree To Pay $48.5M Over Unneeded Testing

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two cardiovascular disease testing companies agreed to pay a combined $48.5 million to resolve claims brought by three whistle-blowers that the companies paid physicians illegal kickbacks and billed Medicare for unnecessary medical testing for patients, the U.S. Department of Justice...

Mealey's Health Law - Doctor Sentenced To 135 Months In Prison Over Health Care Fraud Scheme

TYLER, Texas - A federal judge in Texas on April 14 sentenced a doctor found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft to 135 months in prison and ordered him to pay $599,128.02 in restitution (United States of America...

Mealey's Health Law - Home Health Care Company Owner Sentenced To 10 Years For Fraud

CHICAGO - The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced that a federal judge in Illinois on April 17 sentenced the owner of two home health care companies who pleaded guilty to submitting more than $20 million in fraudulent bills to Medicare to 10 years in prison and...

Mealey's Health Law - Podiatrist Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison Over Health Care Fraud

ST. LOUIS - The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri on April 17 announced that a federal judge in Missouri sentenced a podiatrist to 12 months and one day in prison for his role in submitting false documents and reimbursement claims to Medicare.

Mealey's Health Law - DOJ: Texas Medical Center To Pay $21.7M To Resolve False Claims Act Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced April 21 that Citizens Medical Center, a county-owned hospital in Texas, agreed to pay $21.7 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by overcompensating cardiologists for their services and paid bonuses...

Mealey's Health Law - Top Court Vacates ACA Birth Control Ruling, Remands Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on April 27 granted two Catholic groups' petition for certiorari and vacated a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate did not substantially burden religious beliefs. The court...

Mealey's Health Law - Indiana High Court Says Reinsurers Must Indemnify Self-Insured Company

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's high court on April 22 reversed a lower court and found that certain alleged wrongful acts by a self-insured managed health organization are covered under a number of reinsurance agreements (WellPoint, Inc. [f/k/a Anthem, Inc.], et al. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company...

Mealey's Health Law - DOJ: 5 California Ambulance Companies To Pay $11.5M Over Alleged Kickbacks

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Department of Justice announced May 5 that five California-based ambulance companies have agreed to collectively pay more than $11.5 million to resolve allegations from the federal government and a whistle-blower that they paid illegal kickbacks to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities...

Mealey's Health Law - 3rd Circuit: Catalyst Theory Of Recovery Available In ERISA Fees Case

PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled May 8 that the "catalyst theory" of recovery of attorney fees is available under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and that judicial action is not required under that theory in order to establish some degree of success on...

Mealey's Health Law - 4th Circuit Overturns Pretrial Evidentiary Rulings In Health Care Fraud Suit

RICHMOND, Va. - A federal judge in Virginia erred when granting three pretrial motions to exclude evidence filed by a dermatologist accused of health care fraud, a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled May 11, holding that the rulings restricted the latitude needed by the government to carry...

Mealey's Health Law - Restaurant Employees Allege Interference Under ERISA Related To ACA Compliance

NEW YORK - Nationwide restaurant/entertainment chain Dave & Buster's Inc. violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by reducing the hours of its work force in 2013 in order to avoid the costs associated with providing health insurance to its full-time employees in compliance with the...

Mealey's Health Law - Man Sentenced To 48 Months In Prison For Secondhand Drug Scheme

NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on May 12 sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to two counts of health care fraud for his role in a scheme involving the sale of secondhand prescription drugs to 48 months in prison and ordered him to pay $2.9 million in restitution (United States of America v. Bladimir...

Mealey's Health Law - Panel: Lead Plaintiffs In Securities Suit Failed To Plead Loss Causation

ATLANTA - A federal district court judge did not err in dismissing a securities class action lawsuit because, despite having numerous opportunities to amend their complaint, the lead plaintiffs still failed to properly plead loss causation, a divided 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled May...

Mealey's Health Law - Plan Management Agreement Does Not Confer ERISA Standing, Divided 5th Circuit Rules

NEW ORLEANS - A plan management agreement between Humana Health Plan and a health plan's administrator, which provided that Humana would supply subrogation and recovery services, did not vest Humana with discretionary authority sufficient to make Humana a fiduciary with standing to bring claims under...

Mealey's Health Law - 7th Circuit Rejects Preliminary Injunction In ACA Opt-Out Challenge

CHICAGO - Notre Dame is not entitled to a preliminary injunction while it challenges the opt-out provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s contraceptive mandate, a divided Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held May 19 (University of Notre Dame v. Kathleen Sebelius, et...

Mealey's Health Law - Federal Judge Allows Most Cause-Of-Death Testimony In Medical Malpractice Case

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Tennessee federal judge on May 18 declined to strike or exclude testimony of three experts for a couple alleging medical malpractice in the death of their 11-year-old son but ruled that testimony by a fourth expert for the plaintiffs should be excluded from trial based on state law...

Mealey's Health Law - High Court Won't Review ERISA Preemption Ruling Involving Policy Cancellation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on May 26 declined to review the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that a shareholder-owner's state law claims related to improper cancellation of her health care coverage were preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (CeCelia Catherine...

Mealey's Health Law - Top Court Rejects Maine's Challenge To ACA 'Maintenance Of Effort' Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on June 8 denied the State of Maine's petition challenging mandatory continued Medicaid coverage for older children under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's maintenance of effort requirements, according to the docket (Mary C. Mayhew, in...

Mealey's Health Law - 1st Circuit Affirms Conviction, Sentencing Of Health Care Fraud Defendant

BOSTON - A First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on June 10 affirmed the conviction and sentencing of man found guilty for his role in a scheme of fraudulently billing Medicare for durable medical equipment (DME), finding that the judge presiding over the case did not err in any of his evidentiary...

Mealey's Health Law - Government Files Intervener Complaint In Suit Against Ambulance Service Company

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The federal government filed an intervener complaint in Florida federal court on June 12 in a False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute lawsuit brought against an ambulance service company accused of engaging in a 10-year scheme in which it fraudulently billed Medicare for...

Mealey's Health Law - Pediatric Hospital To Pay $12.9M To Settle False Claims Act Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice on June 15 announced that Children's National Medical Center Inc., Children's Hospital and its affiliated entities (collectively CNMC) agreed to pay $12.9 million to resolve allegations in a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit that they submitted false...

Mealey's Health Law - DOJ: Florida Skilled Nursing Facility To Pay $17M Over Illegal Referrals

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 16 that a Florida-based skilled nursing facility, its former president and executive director and its subsidiaries have agreed to pay $17 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute...

Mealey's Health Law - High Court Affirms Availability Of Tax Credits In ACA Federal Exchange

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s structure suggests the availability of tax subsidies in the federal exchange, and Congress could not have intended the state insurance market "death spirals" likely to result from barring such subsidies, a divided...

Mealey's Health Law - Florida Panel Finds Discovery Order On Hospital Exceeded Statute's Scope

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A trial court erred in ordering a hospital to produce confidential contracts between it and 37 health insurers, a Florida appeals panel ruled June 22, finding that the scope of the law under which the order was issued did not extend to such documents (Shands Jacksonville Medical Center...