A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Wednesday backed a three-month “doc fix” to avert a sharp cut to physician payments, an acknowledgement that time is running out to permanently repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate before year’s end.
Federal contracting groups have embraced Tuesday's two-year federal budget deal as a welcome end to the herky-jerky federal budgeting of recent years, accepting a significant cut in allowable contractor salaries in exchange for a more stable business environment.
A Florida magistrate judge’s report on Wednesday recommended denying sanctions against Halifax Hospital Medical Center for destroying patient records in a suit alleging it paid kickbacks and admitted Medicare patients for needless overnight stays, saying a whistleblower didn't show the evidence was crucial to her case.
Defense contractor Star Dynamics Corp. filed for Chapter 11 in Ohio bankruptcy court Tuesday, citing a critical lack of funds and a contentious trade secret lawsuit brought by a subsidiary of aerospace giant BAE Systems PLC.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority was dismissed Wednesday from a bid-rigging suit brought by a developer that lost out on an opportunity to revitalize a former rail site, with a Washington federal judge ruling that the authority's actions were shielded by sovereign immunity.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said Wednesday that the Air Force's readiness and modernization efforts may be cut up to 50 percent due to looming budget cuts caused by sequestration, noting it's too soon to tell whether the pending budget agreement in Congress will have a major impact on the anticipated spending slashes.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act before a House committee on Wednesday, testifying that the insurance marketplace system is back on track and saying her office is launching an investigation into its government contracting practices.
Roughly 365,000 Americans have enrolled in health insurance plans in state and federal marketplaces since the open enrollment period launched, but the bumpy rollout of the website for the Affordable Care Act must be investigated, top health official Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday.
Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was ordered Tuesday to pay $4.5 million in restitution to the city by a Michigan federal judge, following his corruption conviction over his alleged acceptance of bribes and kickbacks in exchange for municipal contracts.
Congressional budget negotiators announced on Tuesday a plan to fund the government and restore some domestic and military spending, avoiding deeper sequestration cuts expected later this week and preventing a government shutdown for two years.
The U.S. Navy is reviewing all of its contracts for supplying its ships at international ports and how it chooses such "husbanding" contractors after being rocked by a scandal with a contractor that allegedly bribed naval officials, the Secretary of the Navy has announced.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Monday denied a protest over the U.S. Department of State's award of a $1 billion Iraq embassy support contract to PAE Government Services Inc.
A Florida federal judge on Monday tossed a whistleblower suit accusing Hospital Corp. of America Inc. of grievous Medicare and Medicaid billing violations after the plaintiff, a former executive at an HCA hospital in Florida, decided to drop her claims.
Robert Nichols has helped Covington & Burling LLP assemble an all-star team of government contracts attorneys and personally led the charge in litigating bid protests with billions of dollars at stake, earning him a place among Law360's list of Government Contracts MVPs.
A proposed class of former defense contractor workers asked the Third Circuit on Tuesday to resurrect a suit alleging their employers and Prudential Insurance Co. of America sold them policies that were worthless due to a wartime exclusion, arguing that supplemental plans should be considered individually.
Arizona officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to back its position that states may determine who qualifies as a Medicaid provider and revive a law denying funding to providers who perform elective abortions, according to a petition made available Monday.
Northrop Grumman Corp. will pay $11.4 million to the federal government over allegations it violated a 2002 settlement that prohibited it from charging stock options awards for its employees to government contracts, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.
A relator has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive his suit alleging the city of St. Paul, Minn., violated a federal housing and development contracting program for ultra-low-income areas, insisting that he should be allowed to pursue his claims even if the government decided not to intervene.
A New Jersey federal judge on Monday junked a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit accusing Express Scripts Inc. and other companies of using inflated average wholesale prices to devise a Medicaid overbilling scheme, ruling the public disclosure doctrine blocked the suit.
BAE Systems Inc. has been tapped by the U.S. Army to provide support for space and missile defense programs under a contract worth up to $220 million, the company announced Monday.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion favoring enforcement of contractual forum selection clauses in Atlantic Marine Construction Co. v. U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas shows that plaintiffs will not be rewarded for filing suit in contravention of their contracts, says Christopher Boeck of Locke Lord LLP.
While new Small Business Administration regulations will likely increase General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule set-aside opportunities and prove to be quite beneficial to small businesses, they fail to address a key question that many large and small businesses are grappling with regarding recertification of size status under multiple award contracts, say Todd Overman and Marta Thompson of Hogan Lovells LLP.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
The statutory and regulatory framework, marketplace, infrastructure and use of health information technology has grown and changed exponentially during the 2013 calendar year — but not without practical and legal challenges ranging from Affordable Care Act implementation to fraud and data protection concerns, say Sidney Welch and Cindy Acosta at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Arising in the context of a government lease, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals' recent decision in Kap-Sum Properties LLC v. U.S. General Services Administration highlights the profound effect that unique federal changes clauses and disputes clauses have on a contractor’s options in the face of government delays and alterations to the contract, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
Given the dim prospects for enactment of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation in the current political environment, the U.S. Department of Defense's new requirements for contractors are an important part of the Obama administration’s efforts to use the government’s procurement power and existing regulatory authorities to increase the cybersecurity of the companies on which the U.S. government relies, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.
Two recent decisions in the Fifth Circuit and the Federal Circuit involving Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. dealt with vicarious liability under the Anti-Kickback Act for subcontractor kickbacks accepted by KBR’s employees. Both decisions are flawed, but they should alert contractors to a serious need to revisit ethics and compliance programs to address kickback situations, says John Pachter of Smith Pachter McWhorter PLC.
If the potential damage from the shutdown is significant and you have not done a great job of keeping good records regarding those confusing and hectic weeks, the time to capture the facts and data necessary to assert any requests for equitable adjustment is now, says Richard O'Keeffe of Wiley Rein LLP.
In many instances, the very businesses still facing time and budgetary constraints that hamper employee understanding of compliance must now add a new layer of comprehension in 2014. The stage is set for a banner enforcement year for regulatory bodies worldwide, says Veta Richardson, president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Tuomey Healthcare System Inc. recently incurred penalties to the tune of $237.4 million under the False Claims Act. The full consequences of this case for hospitals and physicians have not yet fully developed, but it is clear that compensation arrangements may not take into account the volume or value of referrals of designated health services without running afoul of the Stark Law, says Chris Morrison at GrayRobinson PA.