You may have heard some years ago that the Affordable Care Act established a “60-day overpayment rule” that requires a provider to report and return any overpayment from a federal health care program (such as Medicare or Medicaid) within 60 days of “the date on which the overpayment was identified” by the provider (for certain… Continue Reading
A recent court decision concerns the method of rotating teaching physicians between multiple surgeries and billing Medicare for those services, and “whistleblower” claims when improperly done.
A recent whistleblower case out of the federal 3rd Circuit in Pennsylvania highlights some of the dangers in not properly documenting financial relationships between physicians and hospitals. Specifically, in US ex. rel. Kosenske v. Carlisle HMA, Inc., a Qui Tam lawsuit brought by the former member of an anesthesia group, the 3rd Circuit Court of… Continue Reading
The federal government was apparently not kidding when it said it planned to take a closer look at physician/hospital arrangements. According to a recent Department of Justice Press Release, the DOJ has elected to intervene in a whistle-blower lawsuit against Christ Hospital and the Ohio Heart Health Center, a large cardiology group in Ohio. The… Continue Reading