The Obama administration announced today that as a result of increased federal health care fraud and abuse enforcement efforts, the federal government recovered $4.2 billion in 2012, setting a new record.  According to the Department of Health and Human Services, for every $1 spent on enforcement efforts, they recouped $7.90.  For more on the topic

Physicians in private practice are increasingly relying upon their local hospitals for assistance in making the transition to full-fledged electronic medical records. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services recently gave the nod to a proposed arrangement which would enhance electronic communication between private practices and a community

Many physicians were once content (and a few still are) to let their coders select their codes for billing purposes.  At a time when enforcement authorities have some heavy-duty technological weapons for identifying improper billing, physicians can no longer avoid learning the billing rules applicable to their services.  Consider this recent settlement related to the

In my experience, many healthcare providers fail to take seriously the importance of fair market value in their business arrangements.  In fact, one of the most important means of ensuring compliance with federal and state fraud and abuse laws such as the federal anti-kickback and Stark is to ensure that financial arrangements – particularly where there are referrals relationships -are consistent with fair market value.