Government Enforcement Compliance and White Collar Litigation

Telemedicine- Just A Fancy Word For Plain Old Medicine?

October 24, 2016

Although “telemedicine” is not some new type of medical breakthrough but rather a vehicle for the delivery of “medicine”, its wide-spread use in delivering medical care in many different scenarios can get bogged down by serious regulatory issues such as: the lack of medical license reciprocity among the states (notwithstanding an increasing number of states… Read more »

SEC Announces Enforcement Results for FY 2016

October 19, 2016

This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its enforcement statistics for Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2016.  All told, the agency filed 868 enforcement actions, including a record 548 independent actions for violations of federal securities law, and recovered more than $4 billion in disgorgement and penalties.  The number of independent enforcement actions represents an… Read more »

Georgia-Based Hospital Group To Pay Over $513 Million To Resolve Civil And Criminal Allegations Related To Illegal Payments For Patient Referrals

October 6, 2016

On Monday, the DOJ announced the resolution of criminal allegations and a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit a relating to a scheme to defraud the United States and obtain kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals.  A major U.S. hospital chain, Tenet Healthcare Corporation and two subsidiaries, Atlanta Medical Center, Inc. and North Fulton Medical Center,… Read more »

Menendez Trial Will Wait On Supreme Court Petition

September 30, 2016

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit granted Senator Robert Menendez’s motion to stay its mandate while he petitions the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether the political corruption charges against him are based on constitutionally protected legislative acts.  As previously documented on this blog, Menendez moved to dismiss the indictment filed in the… Read more »

Alleged Menendez Gift-Giver Loses Bid For Rehearing Of Medicare Overpayment Suit

September 6, 2016

In a prior post, we blogged about the Third Circuit’s ruling that the political case against Senator Bob Menendez can proceed to trial.   Now, in a separate civil matter, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has denied a rehearing en banc to the Florida opthamologist from whom Menendez allegedly solicited and received bribes. Vitero Retinal… Read more »

A New Era of Laboratory Fraud Explained in Compliance Today

September 2, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Marc Stephen Raspanti, Pamela Coyle Brecht and Douglas E. Roberts, attorneys at the law firm Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, authored an article titled, “A New Era of Laboratory Fraud, Part 1: Operation LabScam Redux,” that was published in the September 2016 edition of Health Care Compliance Association’s Compliance Today. Part 2 of… Read more »

U.S. Tax Court Includes Criminal Fines And Civil Forfeitures In $74 Million Recovery Under IRS Whistleblower Program

August 11, 2016

In Whistleblower 31276-13W v. Commissioner, 147 T.C. No. 4 (Aug. 3, 2016) filed last week, the U.S. Tax Court held that criminal fines and civil forfeitures constitute “collected proceeds” for the purposes of determining an award under IRS’s Whistleblower program.  Husband and wife whistleblowers – described only as “Ps” as their identities were under seal –… Read more »

Informal Efforts To Influence Executive Action Are “Ambiguously Legislative,” Says The Third Circuit In Declining To Toss Menendez Case

August 5, 2016

Senator Bob Menendez’s political corruption case will go forward under a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  In a 22-count indictment, the government alleges that, from 2006 to 2013, Menendez solicited and accepted gifts from a Florida opthalmologist in exchange for, among other favors, (1) influencing an $8.9 million enforcement… Read more »

Understanding Pennsylvania Grand Jury Practice

2016/07/15

Christopher A. Iacono, Kevin E. Raphael, James W. Kraus, and John A. Schwab will speak at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s CLE titled, “Understanding Pennsylvania Grand Jury Practice.” The CLE will take place in Pittsburgh on July 15 and in Philadelphia on July 21, 2016.

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