FCA Bill Would Shield Hospitals In Billing Error Cases

Law360, New York (August 1, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT) -- Bipartisan legislation introduced Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives would amend the False Claims Act to create new procedural steps before federal authorities can open investigations into suspected Medicare and Medicaid fraud, a change hospitals said would protect them from costly inquiries into innocent billing errors.

The Fairness in Health Care Claims, Guidance and Investigations Act, introduced by Reps. Howard Coble, R-N.C., and David Scott, D-Ga., would force government officials to “review their own rules and regulations” to determine whether a fraud investigation is warranted...
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