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Reading the Tea Leaves: Understanding OIG Priorities

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”) issues work plans (“Work Plan”) that addresses priority areas and emerging issues. For many years, the OIG published its Work Plan every two years with intermediate updates published once or twice each calendar year. Beginning on June 15, 2017, however, the OIG changed its practice and publishes the Work Plan on a monthly basis. These monthly updates are published through the OIG’s Work Plan website. Read More ›

Stay One Step Ahead of the Regulator: Data Analytics as Part of a Robust Compliance Program

Health care fraud and abuse is a significant contributor to the cost of health care in the United States. For the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) reported that it had recovered $3.7 billion under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), of which $2.4 billion related to the health care industry. Fiscal Year 2017 was the eighth consecutive year that civil FCA settlements and judgments exceeded $2 billion. Read More ›

Memos May Signal Change to DOJ Enforcement of FCA

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently issued two separate memos that may signal the DOJ is taking a more restrictive False Claims Act (“FCA”) enforcement position.

The first memo, written by Michael Granston, Director of the DOJ’s Civil Fraud Division, and dated January 10, 2018, discusses the DOJ’s authority to seek dismissal of a “meritless” qui tam relator case under 31 U.S.C. § 3730 (the “Granston Memo”). The DOJ historically has been reticent to use its authority under § 3730. The Granston Memo argues that, to preserve the DOJ’s limited resources and avoid adverse decisions that could negatively impact the DOJ’s own enforcement priorities, DOJ attorneys should consider the seven factors listed in the memo in evaluating whether to seek dismissal of a qui tam case. Read More ›