Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill More Plucking Away at the ACA On June 18, 2015, H.R. 160, the Protect Medical Innovation Act was passed by the House 280 to 140 with 234 Republican and 46 Democrat yeas. No Republicans voted in opposition. See how your representative voted here: […]
The Department of Justice and DaVita entered a settlement in which DaVita will pay $350 million to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act. DaVita targeted “young and in debt” physicians with large numbers of patients with renal disease, then offered them an interest in a DaVita dialysis center or alternatively, for DaVita to […]
In a Nov. 18, 2014 letter U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and John Barrasso, M.D., (R-Wyoming) asked Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Silvia Mathews Burwell to clarify the Department’s position on recovering taxpayer dollars used […]
Some Wisconsin doctors have offered, at a public event, to write sickness excuses on request for protesting teachers, according to ABC News. A spokeswoman said that they knew they could “get in trouble,” but would take the risk because “teachers have no choice.” The teachers’ choice is to go to work, or go without pay […]
Criminal Prosecutions for Medicare and Medicaid Fraud PRESENTED BY: Mark L. Bennett, Jr. BENNETT & DILLON, L.L.P. 1605 SW 37th Street Topeka, KS 66611 (913-267-5063) (913-267-2652 – Fax) I INTRODUCTION Having served as a prosecutor for several years during my early practice, I acquired some ability in the field of criminal law that I did […]
William McGuire, M.D. former chief executive of UnitedHealth Group, agreed to one of the largest executive-pay givebacks in history, forfeiting $620 million in stock option gains and retirement pay, to settle civil and federal claims against stock-option backdating. The final outcome, however, remains uncertain as of Dec 28.