On Tuesday, December 15, Matthias Kleinsasser presented at the Austin Bar Association’s Health Law Section meeting. His presentation, titled “The Basics of the False Claims Act, STARK, and Anti-Kickback Statute and Recent Regulatory Developments,” provided a litigator’s perspective on the basics of the False Claims Act, STARK, and the Anti-Kickback Statute, along with a
Matthias Kleinsasser is a seasoned litigator with experience in federal district court, bankruptcy court, and Texas state court. He regularly represents officers, directors, and other clients involved in private securities litigation, as well as in investigations brought by regulatory agencies. Read More.
Understanding the Basics of Cooperation Credit in False Claims Act Matters
It’s no secret that the Department of Justice has made the False Claims Act (“FCA”) a priority for years. Last month, we discussed why regulatory changes in response to Covid-19 (e.g., STARK waivers) could provide additional bases for the government to bring FCA cases. This post addresses the basics of cooperation credit for defendants who cooperate with the Department of Justice during an FCA investigation.
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Do Covid-19 Regulatory Changes Pose an Increased Risk of Fraud and Abuse Liability for Healthcare Providers?
Regulatory developments—such as the Stark Law blanket waivers and the OIG’s enforcement deferral for use of the waivers—have helped healthcare providers during the COVID-19 crisis, but healthcare fraud remains a prime target of the DOJ and the OIG (in addition to state regulators). Between October 2018 and September 2019, the DOJ obtained over $3 billion in judgments and settlements from fraud claims, a substantial portion of those claims relating to healthcare fraud. The significant increase in qui tam litigation since the 1980s is also notable. So what fraud and abuse actions could regulators pursue in COVID-19’s shadow? …
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