Healthcare is one of the most highly regulated industries in the country and providers of all types will eventually be called to action, whether it be responding to an investigation, conducting a compliance review, or proceeding with a self-disclosure. Bass, Berry & Sims has designed the Healthcare How-To Instructional Webinar Series to provide simple step-by-step instructions and best practices for responding accurately and efficiently while avoiding bad tactics, questionable strategies, and unnecessary risk which can create problems and less than ideal outcomes.

The Anti-Kickback Statute’s breadth means that virtually every business arrangement can implicate the statute. Given the highly regulated nature of healthcare and the ever-present risk of enforcement, entities may wish to consider submitting an advisory opinion request to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to obtain a legal opinion regarding whether their arrangement constitutes grounds for sanctions under OIG’s exclusion authorities.

Join us for a virtual seminar on July 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. Central in which Matt Tormey, EVP Compliance and Risk, Chief Compliance Officer, Ensemble Health Partners, moderates a discussion with two former OIG officials in Bass, Berry & Sims’ healthcare practice group focusing on how, when, and why to submit an advisory opinion request. To register, click here.
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I am looking forward to speaking on a panel at the ABA’s 2022 Virtual Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement Institute titled “Hot Topics 2022: Focus on AKS/Stark” on June 9, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST. I will be joined by Gejaa Gobena, Partner, Hogan Lovells, Jennifer Verkamp, Partner, Morgan Verkamp, and Ro Srinivas, Senior Trial Counsel, Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch (Fraud Section).

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Earlier this year, Bass, Berry & Sims released the 10th annual Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review examining important healthcare fraud developments in 2021.

As a companion to the Review, we will replay a complimentary webinar on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. CT / 10:00-12:00 a.m. PT, which will provide an overview and discussion of key focus areas covered in the Review.

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Bass, Berry & Sims and the Tennessee Hospital Association hosted the Seventh Annual Healthcare Fraud Conference on December 1 and 2. The virtual conference featured more than 40 speakers and 500 attendees from over 40 states and the District of Columbia.

“The healthcare industry remains under intense scrutiny, making it more important than ever for providers to stay up to date on the latest developments concerning the FCA and fraud and abuse,” said Brian Roark, chair of the Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Fraud Task Force.  “This conference examines those developments, provides practical solutions, and forecasts the most pressing issues ahead for healthcare providers.”

Topics Covered During Conference

Day 1 sessions covered conducting effective investigative interviews, navigating privilege issues in investigations, building effective compliance programs, navigating challenges posed by whistleblowers, understanding recent Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute developments, and False Claims Act self-disclosure considerations.

Day 2 kicked off with a review of the past year’s key healthcare fraud developments and looked at the future of the False Claims Act. Other sessions covered litigating healthcare fraud enforcement cases, provider relief fund audits and investigations, navigating contractor audits and administrative enforcement remedies, and hot topics in healthcare fraud. The day concluded with a 90-minute healthcare fraud hypothetical.

Click to access a recording of the conference. On-demand CLE is available for those that are interested.

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The 7th Annual Healthcare Fraud Conference was hosted by Bass, Berry & Sims and the Tennessee Hospital Association. Because we are unable to provide an in-person forum due to ongoing concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we once again hosted the conference virtually.

This year’s complimentary CLE program, provides the same caliber of practical advice, insight into significant fraud and abuse issues facing healthcare professionals, and thoughtful discussion from industry panelists for which this conference is known.

Topics include:

  • Healthcare Fraud Year in Review
  • Hot Topics in Healthcare Fraud: Today and Tomorrow
  • The Future of the False Claims Act
  • Provider Relief Fund Audits and Investigations
  • Navigating Corporate Integrity Agreements and Administrative Remedies
  • Litigating Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Cases
  • Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Enforcement Developments
  • FCA Self-Disclosure Considerations

This year’s conference was held on Wednesday, December 1 and Thursday, December 2. To watch the conference on-demand, please click here.

Click here to view the agenda and presenters.

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Pfizer lost a legal battle focused on the company’s financial assistance program against the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The agency denied the pharmaceutical company’s request to vacate an OIG advisory opinion that effectively precludes the manufacturer

We are looking forward to our involvement in the American Health Law Association Annual Fraud and Compliance Forum 2021 next month. Compliance & Government Investigations attorney John Kelly is serving as co-chair of the program, which will address emerging regulatory and enforcement trends, recent case law and legislative developments and best compliance practices in healthcare.

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Resource Center, which will provide a central location for healthcare leaders to access tools and information, including:

  • An innovative, searchable database featuring more than 1,300 significant False Claims Act (FCA) settlements from the last decade.
  • The most recent edition of

We released our Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Annual Review earlier this month. To serve as a companion to the Review, we’re hosting a complimentary webinar on Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET. that will take a deeper dive into key focus areas covered