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DOJ Recoups a total of $1.8 Billion from Health Care Fraud in 2020, Laboratory Recoupments Alone Account for Hundreds of Millions

The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has reported that in 2020, the government prosecuted dozens of laboratory owners and operators for anti-kickback related offenses responsible for hundreds of millions in alleged federal health care program loses.  DOJ recouped a total of $1.8 billion dollars in connection with healthcare fraud allegations. Since…

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Alere Pays $198.75 Million to Settle False Claims for Allegedly Billing Medicare for Defective POC Devices, Not Charging Copays, and Sending Supplies to Deceased Patients

Alere Inc. and Alere San Diego Inc. (collectively “Alere”) have come under fire recently by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and other government agencies, agreeing to settle several rounds of accusations of False Claims Act violations for a total of $198.75 million. The first series of settlements was announced…

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Patient Stakeholder Group Zeroes in on Medical Device Industry

In recent months, the Kaiser Health Network (part of the Kaiser Family Foundation) has issued three reports scrutinizing the orthopedic industry and its practices.  Each report articulates the stakeholder group’s concerns over relationships among orthopedic and spinal surgeons, orthopedic implant manufacturers, and their sales representatives.  Medical device manufacturers, especially those…

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Common GCP Bioresearch Monitoring Violations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Office of Bioresearch Monitoring Operations (OBIMO) oversees domestic and foreign agency field inspections for clinical and non-clinical research. In particular, OBIMO manages the Bioresearch Monitoring (BIMO) Program which conducts onsite field inspections and data monitoring to ensure institution and industry compliance with FDA’s…

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PE Investment in Health Care Attracting Greater Federal Scrutiny

Private equity investment in health care companies has garnered increasingly critical attention from the federal government, including recent scrutiny by Congress in March 2021, when the Oversight Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on “Examining Private Equity’s Expanded Role in the U.S….

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Biden Executive Order Targets Competition in Healthcare, Life Sciences to Spur Economic Activity

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order (the “Order”) designed to promote competition in the American economy. The Order describes the administration’s concerns with competition in several markets, including healthcare, noting that industry consolidation has exacerbated racial, income and wealth inequality and emphasizing that robust competition is critical…

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Promotion of Devices Subject to the FDA’s COVID-19 Enforcement Policies

The Biden Administration’s withdrawal of the Trump Administration’s proposal to exempt 84 medical device types from the FDA’s premarket notification, or 510(k), requirement, underscores the promotional framework that developers and marketers of these devices are subject to.  The Trump Administration proposal included devices critical to combating the COVID-19 public health…

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