HealthNet Inc. and Indiana University Health Inc. have agreed to pay $18 million to resolve allegations brought by a whistleblower that the health care providers submitted false health claims and violated federal anti-kickback laws, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.
A California appeals court on Thursday tossed a jury's $9.57 million award to a boy who suffered a brain injury at birth for his future medical expenses, ruling the jury should have heard evidence about the benefits he could obtain under the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.
A group formed by former White House attorneys filed two suits in D.C. federal court Thursday accusing the U.S. Departments of Energy and Health and Human Services of ignoring requests for records concerning Trump transition team questionnaires given to agency employees about their climate change and Affordable Care Act work.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office in a decision made public Thursday ruled that the National Institutes of Health had wrongly excluded a company from consideration for a massive information technology contract, saying the NIH should have let the U.S. Small Business Administration review the company’s claimed lack of health-related experience.
Investors who purchased Theranos Inc. stocks through venture funds on Wednesday urged a California federal court not to rope the funds into the litigation, arguing there’s no risk of double recovery and that the securities fraud lawsuit won’t be hindered without their presence.
A Washington federal judge on Wednesday largely preserved a suit against Nooksack Tribal Council members and other officials by several tribe members seeking to stave off disenrollment, deferring to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decisions that the council members don’t currently have the authority to represent the tribe.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took aim at Horizon Healthcare’s Medicaid arm Thursday in proposing legislation that would authorize the state to probe insurers’ potential breaches of obligation to subscribers, citing the “millions” the taxpayer-supported charity’s executives collect in compensation while others struggle to afford health care.
A Dallas nurse who brought a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action against Methodists Hospitals of Dallas in July — alleging the hospital system routinely docks nurses' pay for meal breaks the nurses do not take — on Thursday asked a federal judge in Texas for conditional certification.
Major health care groups are bringing out the knives as the Trump administration and House Republicans rejigger legislation to largely repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying newly announced changes do not strengthen the bill and may actually weaken it.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Thursday advanced the nomination of Scott Gottlieb to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a vote that included modest support from Democrats despite criticism of Gottlieb’s close industry ties.
One of the lawyers accused of abusing civil procedure in the pursuit of sanctions against a Philadelphia-area medical malpractice defense attorney who was hit with a since-overturned $1 million penalty shrugged off her claims Wednesday as “bad blood and unprofessional conduct."
A committee of California senators on Wednesday took the state one step closer toward enacting universal health coverage with an affirmative vote for the Healthy California Act, a sweeping proposal to provide health care to all California residents with a publicly run plan.
Blank check company KBL Merger Corp. IV filed a $100 million initial public offering on Wednesday, setting its sights on a health care acquisition, guided by Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP.
Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and its parent company on Thursday agreed to pay $10 million to settle a federal probe of grant-funding fraud at a stem cell laboratory.
South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has fined Novartis 55 billion South Korean won ($48 million) and stopped reimbursements for the Alzheimer's drug Exelon and chemotherapy drug Zometa after six of the company’s executives were charged with bribing doctors to use their products, the drugmaker confirmed Thursday.
Embattled psychiatric hospital operator Universal Health Services Inc. was hit with a shareholder suit Wednesday in Delaware’s Chancery Court by a pension plan demanding to see records relating to allegations that UHS hospitals routinely exaggerate patients’ risk of suicide in order to hold them involuntarily and collect insurance payments.
A California appeals court has said a trial court’s denial of class certification to a group of ambulance service company employees alleging the company’s meal and rest period policies violate state law rested in part on an incorrect legal assumption about the rest periods, sending the case back to the lower court.
A Florida federal judge refused Wednesday to permit a “statement of interest” from the government five years after prosecutors declined to intervene in a False Claims Act suit that yielded a nearly $348 million judgment against nursing home operators, finding money to be the government’s only real interest.
A man who caused about $2.8 million in losses to government and private insurers as part of a $172 million scheme involving fraudulent prescriptions asked a Florida federal court Tuesday for a light sentence, possibly only probation.
President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Thursday setting up a new office within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs intended to come up with ways to help it more effectively punish or fire misbehaving employees and better protect whistleblowers, VA Secretary David Shulkin said.
In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.
The Seventh Circuit's recent opinion in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, finding that Title VII extends to sexual orientation, bodes well for victims of sexual orientation discrimination. Such a decision coming out of a widely influential yet relatively middle-of-the-road circuit gives clear cover to panels in other circuits to follow its lead, say Andrew Melzer and James Richardson of Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP.
The Fourth Circuit's recent Agape decision is a reminder that the government’s nonintervention in a False Claims Act case should not be mistaken for government disinterest, says Joshua Hill of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.
Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.
Two recent opinions out of Pennsylvania and California state courts offer important lessons for avoiding claims of privilege waiver when using public relations consultants during litigation, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.
The current continuing resolution expires at midnight on April 28, leaving Congress very little time to strike a deal to keep the government funded and avert a shutdown. Complicating things are reports that the White House may also be pressuring House leadership to schedule a vote this week on a new version of the health care “repeal and replace” bill, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.
A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.
Subrogation of insureds’ third-party claims is not a subject that excites too many lawyers, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday in Coventry Health Care of Missouri Inc. v. Nevils will be of interest to anyone who tracks the court’s federal preemption jurisprudence, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.