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Medicaid Suspension Reversed for Florida Medical Provider

Posted on Firm News January 11, 2016 by author

A South Florida Medicaid provider’s Medicaid suspension was reversed following a formal appeal filed by the Florida health law Firm of Nicholson & Eastin, LLP. The Agency for Health Care Administration suspended all Medicaid payments to a South Florida provider after the Agency suspected the provider was associated with another provider facing federal charges. After Read more →

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License Complaint Investigations against Two Podiatrists Closed with Findings of No Probable Cause

Posted on Firm News January 6, 2016 by author

After consideration of the rebuttal statements prepared by the Firm in two separate licensure matters, the Probable Cause Panel for the Board of Podiatric Medicine determined that probable cause did not exist in either case and directed that both cases be closed by the Florida Department of Health. After the Firm fully investigated the allegations Read more →

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Two Recent Settlements Underscore Critical Importance of HIPAA Compliance

Posted on Health Care Law News December 13, 2015 by author

HHS-OCR recently announced two HIPAA violation settlements with significant financial penalties in the space of a week, and both covered entities and business associates should take notice.  First was the settlement involving Lahey Clinic Hospital, Inc. (Lahey), which agreed to a settlement that stemmed from a 2011 incident where an unencrypted laptop was stolen from Read more →

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CMS Issues Important Stark Clarifications

Posted on Health Care Law News November 11, 2015 by author

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued important changes to the Stark regulations. CMS also added two new Stark exceptions – one for hospital incentive payments for recruitment of non-physician practitioners, and the other changed certain rules for physician owned hospitals, including how the percentage of physician ownership will Read more →

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Budget Bill “Catch-Up” Provision To Increase FCA Fraud Penalties

Posted on Health Care Law News November 3, 2015 by author

In 1986 the Civil False Claims Act (“FCA”) was amended to increase penalties from $2,000 to between $5,000 and $10,000 per false claim. In 1999, the penalties were raised to their present level of between $5,500 and $11,000 per false claims.  As a result of budget legislation just passed, the FCA penalties as well as Read more →

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