Compliance News Roundup: Maternal Health IHS

1. New Jersey/Pennsylvania Doctor Indicted For Accepting Bribes And Kickbacks From A Pharmaceutical Company In Exchange For Prescribing Powerful Fentanyl Drug – “A doctor who practiced in New Jersey and Pennsylvania was charged in an indictment unsealed today for his alleged participation in a scheme to receive bribes and kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company in exchange for prescribing large volumes of a powerful fentanyl narcotic.” Get the full scoop >>

2. Penn Medicine Agrees to Pay $275,000 to Settle False Claims Act Allegations – “United States Attorney William McSwain announced today that the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (“Penn Medicine”) agreed to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that the Lancaster General Hospital’s division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (LGH-MFM), a component of Penn Medicine, submitted false claims to Medicaid for obstetric ultrasounds.” Get the full scoop >>

3. Deeper Than the Headlines: Maternal Health IHS – The OIG has added a new item to its work plan in July 2019. It’s about the quality of maternal healthcare in Indian Health Service Hospitals. Maternal mortality and morbidity are increasing in the United States, and up to 60 percent of maternal deaths may be preventable. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issue guidance on safe practices during labor and delivery intended to help reduce maternal mortality and other complications. Get the full scoop >>

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