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Trump Administration Tightens Sanctions Against Cuba

On June 16, 2017, the Trump Administration issued its National Security Presidential Memorandum on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba (the “Memorandum”).  Pursuant to the Memorandum, the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury Department”) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce Department”), in coordination with the U.S. Department of State (“State Department”) [...]

Reining in Medicare Costs: New Facilities Fees Rule is now in Effect

Under Medicare rules in effect since 2000, hospital systems have been permitted to charge so called "facility fees" on top of their normal charges for professional care based on where the care took place. Reports issued in both 2012 and 2014 by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) found that Medicare often pays double for [...]

Georgia Pharmacy Agrees to Settle False Claims Act Allegations for $2 Million

The Rhine Drug Company (Rhine) and its owner Carter Clements agreed last week to a settlement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act and Controlled Substance Act. Rhine and Clements will pay $2.175 million, making it the largest False Claims Act recovery [...]

Express Scripts Requiring Performance Bonds

June 15, 2017 Express Scripts is now requiring some applicants who wish to contract with them to furnish a $500,000 performance bond for at least the first two years of the contract. This bond, per Express Scripts, “guarantees to the obligee (Express Scripts) that the principal will carry out the performance of their contract according [...]

Geoffrey Goodale and Michael Kuhn to Speak at Seminar on the Trump Administration’s International Agenda on June 21

Geoffrey Goodale, a Partner in the Washington, DC office of FisherBroyles and Co-Chair of the D.C. Bar International Law Section’s International Trade Committee, and Michael Kuhn, a Partner in the Atlanta office of FisherBroyles, will be speaking at a seminar on What Should International Practitioners Expect from the Trump Administration that is being held on June 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. [...]

FisherBroyles Announces New Intellectual Property Partner, Susan Oiler

(Cincinnati, Ohio — June 12, 2017) — FisherBroyles, LLP (“FisherBroyles”) is pleased to announce that Susan M. Oiler has joined its Cincinnati office as a partner in its Intellectual Property Law Group.  Ms. Oiler is an experienced patent attorney with a passion for client service and a genuine desire to work with the client to [...]

Feds Employ New Tactic in Battle against Health Care Fraud – Allege Violation of the “Travel Act” Executives, Surgeons, and Others Indicted in Texas in Massive Health Care Fraud Scheme

In December of 2016, 21 individuals, including the founders and investors of a physician-owned medical center in Dallas, Texas, were indicted by a grand jury and charged with an assortment of felony offenses stemming from their payment and/or receipt of over $40 million in bribes and alleged kickbacks. The now defunct operation, Forest Park Medical [...]

Corporate Law Update – LLC’S AND S-CORPORATIONS: PASS-THROUGH ENTITIES FOR START-UP COMPANIES

One of the many important decisions that a startup faces is the type of legal entity to form. In many cases the decision is made without much thought – “my friend formed an LLC for his business so I will, too.” However, this lack of proper consideration can lead to choosing the wrong form of [...]

Electronic Health Record Software Vendor Set to Pay $155 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

One of the nation’s largest vendors of health record software, eClinicalWorks (ECW), has agreed to pay the government $155 million to settle claims that it misrepresented the capabilities of its software to its nearly 850,000 subscribers and that it paid kickbacks to certain customers in exchange for promoting its product. The case, initially filed by [...]