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.

Panelists at the Conference

Panelists included in-house attorneys and compliance professionals from across the country, including thought leaders from Addus HomeCare, Berkley Research Group, CHE Behavioral Health Services, Envision Healthcare, HCA Healthcare, Lehigh Valley Health Network, LifePoint Health, RWJBarnabas Health Systems, and Saber Healthcare, as well as several panelists with government enforcement experience.

“We pulled together a diverse lineup of industry leaders representing healthcare providers, government agencies, consulting firms, leading associations, and outside counsel to discuss critical healthcare fraud enforcement topics,” said Matthew Curley, a member of the Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Fraud Task Force.

“The topics covered over the course of the two-day conference shed light on nearly every important enforcement-related issue facing providers throughout the healthcare industry,” added John Kelly, a member of Bass Berry & Sims Healthcare Fraud Task Force.  “The perspectives shared by our panelists were invaluable in fostering a fulsome discussion of those issues.”

Resources for Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Topics

Ranked the third largest healthcare firm in the nation by American Health Law Association (2021), Bass, Berry & Sims is at the forefront of thought leadership in healthcare fraud and abuse compliance and enforcement.

“We are committed to providing ongoing thought leadership in the area of healthcare fraud enforcement,” added Anna Grizzle, a member of the Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Fraud Task Force. “Earlier this year, we launched a Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Resource Center featuring a settlements database that includes data on 1,300 significant False Claims Act cases dating back to 2012, and we will soon release our tenth annual Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review.”

The Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Review is published at the beginning of each year. The annual Review provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of healthcare fraud and abuse issues. It includes False Claims Act developments, a Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute update, enforcement trends in the pharmaceutical and device industries, and a settlement chart covering False Claims Act settlements from the preceding year.

More information about the Bass, Berry & Sims Healthcare Fraud Task Force can be found here.