Doctor says hospital barred her from speaking to media about abortion

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 03, 2016

A doctor is alleging that MedStar Washington Hospital Center has violated her civil rights by barring her from speaking out about abortion, according to a complaint the physician filed with HHS. She also alleges MedStar didn't follow recommended security precautions for abortion providers.

Should False Claims Act go easier on providers?

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 30, 2016

A hearing held last week by a House judiciary subcommittee pitted a hospital CEO against an attorney on whether healthcare providers should be given greater protections against frivolous fraud lawsuits.

Georgia governor OKs funds for anti-abortion centers

By Aurora Aguilar  |  April 30, 2016

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that allows the state to provide funds to centers that offer medical and other services to pregnant women while discouraging them from getting abortions.

Middle-aged whites account for one-third of U.S. suicides

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 23, 2016

Middle-aged white people now account for one-third of all suicides in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24% in 15 years.

Advocate Health Care sues rival over trade secrets

Advocate Health Care sues rival over trade secrets

By Katherine Davis, Crain's Chicago Business  |  April 22, 2016

Downers Grove. Ill.-based Advocate Health Care has filed a complaint against Palos Community Hospital in Palos Heights, Ill., asking a judge to rule to prevent Palos from wrongfully obtaining Advocate's trade secrets.

Supreme Court takes up UHS case that could expand False Claims Act liability

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 19, 2016

Several Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical of Universal Health Services' arguments Tuesday that providers shouldn't be held liable for fraud for failing to comply with certain regulations. The outcome of the case, however, was by no means clear based on the oral arguments.

Epic wins $940 million for infringement of intellectual property rights

Epic wins $940 million for infringement of intellectual property rights

By Joseph Conn  |  April 18, 2016

A federal court jury in Wisconsin found in favor of Epic Systems on all seven counts of a civil suit that alleged Tata Consultancy Services Limited and Tata America International Corp. had breached a contract that provided Tata employees access to Epic's proprietary information.

SCOTUS to hear biggest False Claims Act case in more than 30 years

SCOTUS to hear biggest False Claims Act case in more than 30 years

By Lisa Schencker  |  April 16, 2016

The Supreme Court this week will hear arguments in a case that will affect the number of fraud cases against providers. The case, Universal Health Services v. United States ex. rel. Escobar, focuses on the validity of a legal theory now used to bring many False Claims Act cases against providers...

Jury convicts Texas doctor in biggest home healthcare fraud

By Associated Press  |  April 14, 2016

A jury on Wednesday convicted a Dallas-area doctor of fraud for allegedly "selling his signature" to process almost $375 million in false Medicare and Medicaid claims in what investigators called the biggest home healthcare fraud case in the history of both programs.

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