Teva Pharmaceuticals has joined a growing list of healthcare organizations alleged to have used charitable foundations to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in kickbacks. Earlier this month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston filed a complaint against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. and Teva Neuroscience, Inc., the maker of Copaxone. It alleged the company conspired…

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Five months into the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of enforcement actions against companies and individuals who have received COVID-19 relief funds continues to grow. In the following case, investigators allege the suspect mixed it up by allegedly violating both anti-kickback laws and committing relief fund fraud. According to the complaint, Carlos Belone of Coconut…

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The Justice Department this month intervened in two whistleblower cases involving SpineFrontier Inc., related entities and executives. It is alleged that kickbacks were paid to spine surgeons to induce them to use SpineFrontier’s surgical devices, a violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). The AKS prohibits offering, paying, soliciting, or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of…

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The Department of Health and Human Services, led by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), recently released its 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for public comment. The 28-page plan outlines goals and objectives to ensure that patients have access to their electronic health information (EHR) that allows them to,…

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On January 13, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted an advisory opinion in which it approved a hospital’s request to provide discounted training to a fire department’s personnel at the hospital’s facility. The hospital asked the government watchdog whether such an arrangement would constitute grounds for the imposition of sanctions under the exclusion authority…

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A recent advisory opinion issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General has given a medical center the go-ahead to provide free in-home care to reduce re-admissions, despite a prohibition against giving patients handouts that might influence care decisions. The OIG advisory opinion is in response to a…

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