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for: ‘Healthcare Fraud and Abuse’

HHS Plans Audit of Medicaid Telehealth Spending

“Audit” is a word that doesn’t exactly inspire happiness or excitement in most people, so it’s likely that a piece of recent news from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) won’t necessarily be a welcome one. As Health Care Law Today and others first reported, the department […]

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Telehealth Compensation Agreements Must Comply With Federal Law

A recent Fraud Alert issued by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cautions healthcare providers, and specifically physicians, to “…carefully consider the terms and conditions of medical directorships and other compensation arrangements before entering into them.” As growing numbers of providers experiment with incorporating telemedicine […]

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Physician Self-Referral and e-Health Law – Ongoing Debate

Writing an opinion for the Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) Viewpoint, two physicians point to the need for an overhaul of laws relevant to physician self-referral in light of the explosive growth in this practice and it’s impact on Medicare and Medicaid costs, as reported by the Government Accounting Office (GAO). The Robert […]

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Florida Hospital Announces Stark Violation Case Settlement

Less than a month after kidney care giant DaVita announced that it had reached a settlement agreement after allegations of physician kickbacks, a Florida hospital appears to have resolved its own Stark Law violation.  As Modern Healthcare reported, the Daytona Beach-based Halifax Hospital “announced a surprise $85 million settlement with prosecutors that could resolve the […]

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DaVita, US Government Appear Near Anti-Kickback Settlement

After nearly four years of investigation—both civil and criminal—and negotiations, leading dialysis provider DaVita Healthcare Partners appears to have come to an agreement with Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services, along with the U.S. Attorney based in Denver, over alleged anti-kickback statute violations. As reported by Modern Healthcare, DaVita will […]

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Easier Stark Law Compliance? CMS Expands Exemptions

For many health care providers, the Stark anti-kickback law, designed to eliminate self-referrals, can be the source of headaches, particularly as physicians seek to ensure compliance as they transition to the use of electronic health records (EHR).  Thanks to an end-of-the year decision from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department […]

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Help CTeL . . . Identify Your Priority Legal and Regulatory Telehealth Issues!

The year 2013 is coming to an end. And The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) is making plans for 2014 with a robust array of information on telehealth’s legal and regulatory issues. In 2013, we had a solid list of Brown Bag webinars, including the FDA Rule, BYOD and Privacy, […]

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Webinar Speakers Announced! Minimize Telehealth Risk and Liability under Fraud and Abuse Laws

The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) announces that two experts in the area of healthcare fraud and abuse will be the featured speakers at the CTeL November Washington Live Brown Bag:   How Your Telemedicine Program Can Minimize Risk and Avoid Liability Under the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Laws. This […]

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CTeL November Brown Bag Webinar: Minimize Risk, Avoid Liability Under the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Laws

Join us Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 12 noon – 1:00 pm (EDT) when The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL) hosts the November Brown Bag Webinar:   How Can You Minimize Risk and Avoid Liability Under the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Laws Our presenters  for this important webinar will be two […]

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