CMS Databases Increase Qui Tam Risk For Health Providers

Law360, New York (December 11, 2014, 10:27 AM EST) -- In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released two new sources of data that are intended to increase transparency related to federal payments to physicians. They also, however, present a risk of being used by whistleblowers and attorneys to support qui tam lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), the Anti-Kickback Act or the Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly called the Stark Law.

In April 2014, CMS released the first of these databases, which shows payments the federal government made to physicians and other healthcare professionals for services provided to Medicare patients. The data offers detailed information on...

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