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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Senate Bill Would Strengthen Anti-Fraud Efforts

Posted in Fraud and Abuse

While all eyes are on the health care reform debate, a new Senate bill would give the government improved tools for investigating and prosecuting fraud and abuse in both federal and private health insurance programs. One of the most significant proposed changes would authorize a qui tam whistleblower action under the False Claims Act based… Continue Reading

Texas Hospital System Settles Sham Lease/Directorship Claims for $27.5 Million

Posted in Fraud and Abuse

A cautionary tale for physicians who lease space or provide medical director services to hospitals.  These common arrangements are coming under increasing scrutiny, and must be commercially reasonable to withstand challenge.   McAllen Hospitals L.P., d/b/a/ South Texas Health System entered into a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice on October 30, 2009 to pay… Continue Reading

Red Flag Rule Enforcement Date Extended to June 2010

Posted in Practice Management

According to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) press release, the FTC is once again delaying the "Red Flag Rule" identity theft enforcement date.  In its current form, the Red Flag Rule could apply to many physician practices.  The new enforcement date is June 1, 2010.  For more information on the Rule, click here.