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HTMLHouse Hearing on Ebola Preparedness
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014
On Thursday, the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by GOP Rep. Tim Murphy(R-PA), held a hearing on Ebola. In particular the hearing examined the preparedness of the United States ports, point of entry, healthcare facilities and other institutions to identify,...

 

HTMLLife Care Centers Seeks Sixth Circuit Review of Decision Allowing Statistical Sampling/Extrapolation in FCA Case
Laurence J. Freedman, Samantha P. Kingsbury, Ellyn L. Sternfield; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 21, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014
Last week, we posted about U.S. District Court Judge Harry Mattice’s September 29th ruling that government attorneys could extrapolate from a small sample of patient admissions to over 50,000 patient admissions (and over 150,000 claims) by Life Care Centers of America, Inc. (a nursing home...

 

HTMLFederal Judge Rules to Allow Extrapolation on More Than 50,000 Patient Admissions in FCA Case
Samantha P. Kingsbury, Ellyn L. Sternfield; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 21, 2014, previously published on October 6, 2014
Last week, a Tennessee federal district court judge ruled that government attorneys can extrapolate from a small sample of billing statements to over 50,000 patient admissions by Life Care Centers of America, Inc. (a nursing home operator) to try to hold Life Care Centers liable under the False...

 

HTMLHHS Says New Healthcare Website Will Work
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 19, 2014, previously published on October 10, 2014
Federal health officials say they have reconfigured and rebuilt the enrollment website for the Affordable Care Act to avoid a repeat of last year's disastrous launch.

 

HTMLNYS Department of Health Developing Regulations Governing Use of Medical Marijuana for Official Launch in January 2016
Alexander L. Betke, Emily E. Whalen; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 2, 2014, previously published on September 24, 2014
As one of its final acts of the 2014 legislative session, the New York State Legislature passed the “Compassionate Care Act” making New York the twenty-third state to permit the use of medical marijuana. This new law will allow doctors to prescribe marijuana in a nonsmokeable form to...

 

HTMLPlanned Parenthood Ruling Deepens Current Split in the Circuits Regarding the Level of Specificity Required in FCA Cases
Victoria H. Buter, Edward M. Fox, Thomas J. Kenny; Kutak Rock LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 16, 2014, previously published on September 9, 2014
In the recent case of United States ex rel. Thayer v. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, No. 13 1654, 2014 WL 4251603 (8th Cir. Aug. 29, 2014), the Eighth Circuit deepened the current split in the circuits regarding the level of specificity required in a False Claim Act (FCA) case, making it...

 

HTMLLitigation over the ACA Continues
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2014, previously published on September 5, 2014
The future of Affordable Care Act subsidies in 36 states will be reconsidered in court—this time in a situation more favorable for the White House.

 

HTMLMcCarthy lays out September agenda for House
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
September 10, 2014, previously published on September 5, 2014
Newly minted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released a memo this week outlining the House GOP’s agenda for September.

 

HTML7th Circuit Defines "Worthless Services" Under the False Claims Act
Eric G. Pearson; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 9, 2014, previously published on September 4, 2014
That’s the upshot from U.S. ex rel. Absher v. Momence Meadows Nursing Center, Nos. 13-1886 & 13-1936 (Aug. 20, 2014), a recent decision from the Seventh Circuit (authored by Judge Manion) that addressed the worthless-services theory of liability under the False Claims Act.

 

HTMLPrescription Drugs: Refocusing the False Claims Act Microscope on the Rest of the Transaction
Tara E. Swenson; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 28, 2014, previously published on August 25, 2014
Over the last decade, it has often felt as though the pharmaceutical industry has been the government’s and whistleblowers’ main, and at times only, target for False Claims Act (“FCA”) investigations. While manufacturers are likely not out from underneath the microscope, it...

 


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