False Claims Act Enforcement on the Rise

Best Practices for Healthcare Providers to Avoid or Defend Investigations and Whistleblower Actions

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will prepare healthcare counsel to implement and maintain effective compliance programs under the federal False Claims Act (FCA). The panel will provide best practices for minimizing FCA liability exposure and responding to FCA investigations.

Description

The FCA is the government's primary weapon for curtailing healthcare fraud and abuse. The FCA’s reach has expanded significantly in recent years, exposing providers to potential civil and criminal liability, fines, and exclusion from the Medicare program.

Providers must understand the increased liability risks under the FCA and develop policies to help ensure compliance, mitigate risks of FCA violations and whistleblower actions, and defend investigations.

Listen as our authoritative panel of healthcare attorneys examines the expanded liability risks under the FCA, and provides best practices for implementing and maintaining compliance programs, minimizing liability exposure and responding to investigations.

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Outline

  1. FCA enforcement trends
    1. Key changes to FCA under healthcare reform
      1. Public disclosure bar and original source exception
      2. Exchange payments
      3. Overpayments
      4. Kickbacks
    2. Noteworthy settlements and judgments
  2. Fraud and abuse criminal investigations/enforcement
  3. Best practices for minimizing liability exposure
    1. Effective compliance program
    2. Personnel training
    3. Voluntary disclosure to government
    4. Defending accuracy and truthfulness of submitted information
    5. Suspension rules for entities under investigation
    6. Provider enrollment provisions

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the noteworthy FCA settlements from 2011 and anticipated settlement trends for 2012?
  • What were some of the key 2011 FCA court decisions and the expected enforcement trends for 2012 and beyond?
  • What steps can healthcare providers take to mitigate their exposure to qui tam actions?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.

Faculty

Waltz, Judith A.
Judith A. Waltz

Partner
Foley & Lardner

She is Co-Chair of the Life Sciences Industry Team, and Former Vice Chair of the Health Care Industry Team. She...  |  Read More

T. Jeffrey Fitzgerald
T. Jeffrey Fitzgerald

Partner
Polsinelli Shughart

He provides legal counsel and litigates on behalf of hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, physicians, pharmacies,...  |  Read More

Lisa M. Noller
Lisa M. Noller

Partner
Foley & Lardner

She is an experienced trial lawyer, having spent more than 15 years investigating and trying complex criminal and...  |  Read More

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