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October 29, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

Applying the False Claims Act to Off-Label Marketing

What is off-label marketing? When it comes to pharmaceutical marketing, it may seem like the options are virtually endless for a company seeking to boost sales and increase exposure of its product. However, despite the relentless television commercials and internet ads, there are a number of restrictions placed on the […]
October 28, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

UPDATE: Novartis Agrees to Pay Mega $390 Million Settlement Amid False Claims Allegations

With just one week before the start of a False Claims Act trial involving drug manufacturer Novartis Pharmaceuticals, the company decided to avoid the unpredictability of a jury in favor of a calculated $390 million settlement. The company is facing several False Claims Act lawsuits involving a number of different […]
October 26, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

Louisiana’s Westwood Mental Health, LLC Settles Healthcare Fraud Allegations

In some cases, a company facing possible liability under the False Claims Act may opt to self-report and self-disclose the potential violations, which typically results in a lesser fine and may help offset some of the statutory penalties awaiting violators of the Act. In today’s case, we review a recent […]
October 23, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

Arizona’s Serenity Hospice and Palliative Care Settles Fraud Allegations for $2.2 Million

Under federal regulations, government healthcare programs like Medicare and Medicaid are only available to cover end-of-life services once a patient has reached a terminal point in their illness or injury. Unlike curative care, palliative care is only designed to make a patient more comfortable. Program regulations state that curative methods […]
October 22, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

AseraCare Loses First Round of Contentious False Claims Act Trial

Ideally, False Claims Act lawsuits are resolved via a negotiated settlement between the whistleblower, the defendant, and the government. However, if a settlement agreement cannot be reached, the parties must press on toward a trial – an option that sets up both sides for a greater amount of unpredictability and […]
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