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Medical Assistant Files Discrimination Suit Against Hospital for Numerous Alleged Employment Violations

Posted on July 25, 2019, Employment Law

On July 17, 2019, Bianca Boyd, a former medical assistant at Copper University Hospital in New Jersey, sued her former employer for religious bias, as well as violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and retaliation. Ms. Boyd alleges that her […]

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DOJ Issues Second Criminal Indictment in Three Months of Opioid Executives

Posted on July 25, 2019, White Collar Crime

On July 17, 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Miami-Luken, Inc., a pharmaceutical distributor. The indictment has garnered attention due to the named defendants and the allegations. Besides Miami-Luken, the indictment named individually (1) Anthony Rattini, President of Miami-Luken; (2) James Barclay, Compliance Officer of Miami-Luken; (3) Devonna Miller-West, a pharmacist and […]

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Increased Medicare Oversight of Hospice Providers May Be on the Horizon

Posted on July 25, 2019, Health Care

In a July 2019 report, HHS’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase its oversight of hospice providers. The OIG noted its own existing initiatives related to hospice fraud and abuse, ineligible patient enrollment, altered patient medical records, falsified documentation, and improper billing. […]

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Email Compromises Surge Between 2016 and 2018

Posted on July 25, 2019, Cyber Law

On July 16, 2019, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a U.S. Department of Treasury agency, issued an advisory about business email compromise (BEC) fraud. While FinCEN’s mission involves monitoring and safeguarding the U.S. financial system, FinCen also identifies criminal trends affecting all industries, such as the surge of BEC schemes. BEC scams involve malware, […]

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Data Breach exposes information of at least 20 million patients prompting multiple U.S. Senate inquiries, numerous class-action lawsuits, and bankruptcy.

Posted on June 27, 2019, Cyber Law

On June 3, 2019, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (Quest) and Opko Health notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of a data breach affecting a third-party vendor website. The vendor was Retrieval-Masters Creditors Bureau, Inc. d/b/a American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), which provided billing collections services. AMCA notified various entities of “potential unauthorized activity on AMCA’s […]

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Agreement to Pay the Government $6 Million Highlights Coexisting Criminal and Civil Exposure in False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Matters.

Posted on June 27, 2019, White Collar Crime

Last month, Mr. Roderic Bain, the owner of over a dozen durable medical equipment companies, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and ordered to pay over $1.9 million in fines for submitting over $10 million in claims to Medicare for medically unnecessary durable medical equipment, such as back and knee braces. According to […]

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Manufacturing Company Settles Disability Allegations with the EEOC

Posted on May 28, 2019, Health Care White Collar Crime

Kaydon Corporation, a Michigan-based company that manufacturers ball bearings used on medical systems, industrial machinery, and semiconductors, has agreed to pay $38,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The plaintiff in the case is Larry Newsome, a machine operator formerly employed by Kaydon at a facility in Sumter, SC. […]

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Two Pharmaceutical Companies Agree to Pay Nearly $125 Million to Resolve Kickback Allegations

Posted on May 28, 2019, Health Care White Collar Crime

Atlas EnergyThe U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that Astellas Pharma US Inc. (Astellas) and Amgen Inc. (Amgen) will pay a combined total of almost $125 million to settle various allegations that the companies illegally paid Medicare copays for their own products in violation of the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). […]

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DOJ Issues New Guidance on Cooperation Credit for Entities under False Claims Act Investigations

Posted on May 28, 2019, Health Care White Collar Crime

Atlas EnergyEarlier this month, the Civil Division U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new guidance regarding how the DOJ will award credit to companies that cooperate during a False Claims Act (FCA) investigation. This new guidance was incorporated into the DOJ’s Justice Manual, and it identifies the types of cooperation eligible for credit. The FCA […]

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DOJ Charges 60 People in Appalachia Opioid Takedown

Posted on April 25, 2019, Health Care White Collar Crime

On April 17, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had criminally charged sixty people in seven states throughout Appalachia for allegations related to the prescription and distribution of opioids and other controlled substances. Fifty-three of the people charged are medical professionals, including doctors and nurses. The DOJ worked with multiple other […]

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