1. Las Vegas Cardiology Practice Agrees To Pay $2.5 Million Settlement Claim Involving Medicare Kickback Scheme – “A Las Vegas cardiology practice has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle claims alleging that it referred patients for genetic testing in exchange for kickbacks paid by the testing companies, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.” Get the full scoop >>
2. Drug Company Sales Rep Sentenced for Role in Kickback Scheme Related to Fentanyl Spray Prescriptions – “John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NATALIE LEVINE, 35, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to five years of probation for engaging in a kickback scheme related to fentanyl spray prescriptions. Judge Arterton also ordered Levine to spend the first six months of probation in home confinement, and to perform 150 hours of community service.” Get the full scoop >>
3. Deeper Than The Headlines: OIG Grant Self Disclosure – Over the last couple of years, I’ve blogged about grant compliance. Anytime the federal government is going to award grants, there will be all sorts of requirements and strings attached. If an organization is not diligent in keeping track of all the requirements, deadlines and attestation requirements, they could run afoul of the grant compliance requirements. If that happens, an effective compliance program is supposed to identify noncompliance and correct it. Correcting it can often lead to self-disclosing the noncompliance. Get the full scoop >>
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