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A New Jersey Pharmacy Owner Charged With “Cash Skimming” Conspiracy – Is Your Pharmacy at Risk?

A New Jersey owner of several pharmacies was charged by indictment and arraigned today on charges of conspiracy to defraud the IRS by engaging in a "cash skimming" scheme.  The indictment alleges that the pharmacy's owner, . . .

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Importance of Addressing Third-Party Audits Properly

Third-party audits have the potential to wreak havoc on independent pharmacies.An audit on its own can be extremely costly due to time dedicated to gathering necessary documents and assisting the auditor.  Further, any discrepancies . . .

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Medicare Appeals Backlog – Light at the End of the Tunnel?

The number of Medicare appeals cases pending to be heard by administrative law judges has been growing exponentially.  The backlog is now almost ten times larger than it was five years ago and is projected to reach two million . . .

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Merger Mania: Exploring the Impact of ESI/Cigna and CVS/Aetna Mergers on Independent Pharmacies

In a ground-shaking two weeks, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice approved multiple PBM/insurer mergers: first, the merger of Express Scripts Inc. and Cigna, and now, the merger of CVS Health (formerly CVS Caremark) . . .

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DOJ APPROVES CIGNA-EXPRESS SCRIPTS MERGER

This is the time for independent pharmacies to be actively preparing for the impact of the Cigna-ESI merger—and the ensuing Aetna-Caremark merger—if they have not already done so.

The Antitrust Division of the U.S. . . .

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HHS Echoes Importance of HIPAA Compliance for Closed Businesses

Recently, HHS reiterated that severe consequences can be imposed for HIPAA violations, regardless of whether a business is still operational. If HIPAA violations were committed, a business can be charged long after its doors close. Moreover, . . .

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CMS Updates Final Adverse Actions to Be Reported

CMS has released a list of updated final adverse actions that need to be reported to CMS in a timely fashion. The list includes, but is not limited to, certain convictions, exclusions, and revocations, regardless of whether records are expunged.  Additionally, CMS revoked certain requirements . . .

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Physical Therapy Practices are Growing – But Also Face Increased Challenges

2006 was a monumental year for New York physical therapists – New York State passed a law permitting physical therapists to directly treat patients without a referral from a physician, triggering an explosion of private physical therapy . . .

In CLIENT ALERTS

Compounding Pharmacies Under Scrutiny for Medicare Part D Billing Practices

OIG calls for "further scrutiny" of pharmacies and prescribers in connection with compounded drugs billed to Medicare Part D.  

Pharmacies must be prepared to aggressively defend against this latest attack on the independent retail pharmacy industry.

An . . .

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New York Court Decision Demonstrates Importance of Proper Audit Response

It is of utmost importance that Medicaid providers take prompt measures when under audit to avoid such consequences.

Recently, the New York Court of Appeals upheld a recoupment of funds by the NYS Office of the Medicaid . . .

In Audits & Investigations

Can a Physician’s Medical Judgment be Basis for a False Claims Action? Appellate Court Rules Yes.

A doctor's certification or medical judgment regarding a certain treatment can be considered "false" if the treatment is not considered "reasonable and necessary" under the government's definition, even if the terms are not defined for the specific medical treatment.

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Nationwide Crackdown Charges 601 Individuals with Over $2 Billion in Healthcare Fraud

In a sweeping crackdown that vastly exceeded investigations of years' past, the U.S. Department of Justice and Medicare Fraud Strike Force charged 601 individuals with over $2 billion in healthcare fraud. In Brooklyn and Long Island alone, . . .

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New Jersey Act Imposes New Requirements to Protect Consumers

New Jersey providers should be alert to the recently signed into law Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment, and Accountability Act.The Act pertains to, and enhances, consumer protections related to out-of-network . . .

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New York State Takes Action Against Abusive PBM Audits, Grants New Protections to Independent Pharmacies

The recently passed New York State budget bill including sweeping new protections for independent pharmacies facing PBM audits.  The bill, which amends the Public Health Law, requires PBMs, when conducting audits, to accept . . .

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What NYC Employers Must Know About the Safe Leave Law

The former NYC Earned Sick Time Act, popularly known as the Paid Leave Law, is now the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act.  Previously, the Act obligated employers to provide a certain amount of sick leave for their employees. The . . .

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New York State Imposes Limitations on LHCSA Applications

Recently, New York State implemented a two-year moratorium on the processing and approval of applications for licensure of Licensed Home Care Service Agencies ("LHCSAs").This moratorium suspends the Department of Health's processing . . .

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The Rising Cost of Employing Excluded Individuals

Healthcare providers are increasingly feeling the cost of employing excluded individuals.Indeed, over the past year, the number of enforcement actions taken against physician's offices, pharmacies and other entities employing excluded . . .

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Under the Travel Act, Aggressive Federal Enforcement Against Providers Expands

Q.  When does a purely state criminal law-based matter transform into a federal felony prosecution?

A.  When the Federal Travel Act (the "Travel Act") is implicated.Under the Act, a party who travels in interstate . . .

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FEDERAL CRACKDOWN ON PRESCRIBERS OF COMPOUNDED MEDICATIONS

A recent health care fraud guilty plea by a physician has caught the attention of prescribing physicians and the broader industry surrounding compounded medications.Under the plea agreement in New Jersey District Court, the physician . . .

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COMPOUNDING PHARMACIES MAY SOON HAVE NEW MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Compounding pharmacies, one of the fastest growing sectors in retail pharmacy, may soon be able to expand the market for their products in exchange for agreeing to be placed directly under federal oversight, according to U.S. . . .

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