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DOJ Updates Criminal Division’s 2017 Guidance Emphasizing Proactive Compliance

On April 30, 2019, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski announced that the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) had published an updated version of the Criminal Division’s 2017 guidance publication “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.”  In making the announcement, Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski said the update was designed to “better harmonize the prior Fraud Section publication with other Department guidance and legal standards.”  He noted that DOJ also sought “to provide additional transparency in how [it] will analyze a company’s compliance program.”

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Does It Pay to Cooperate? Department of Justice Releases New Cooperation Credit Guidance for False Claims Act Targets

On May 7, 2019, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) released new guidance for trial attorneys in the DOJ’s civil division regarding how entities under False Claims Act investigation can receive credit for cooperation.  The release of this new guidance follows public comments delivered in March by Michael Granston, director of DOJ’s civil fraud section, noting that DOJ was considering issuing additional guidance on cooperation credit related to False Claims Act matters.

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Changes to HHS’ Interpretation of HIPAA Civil Monetary Penalties

On Friday April 26, 2019, the US Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a notification regarding HHS’ use of Civil Monetary Penalties (“CMP”) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act.

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Epstein Becker Green Recognized Among Leading Law Firms and Attorneys in 2019 Edition of Chambers USA

Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that the firm has received high rankings in the following practice areas in the 2019 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business:

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DOJ Announces 11th Medicare Fraud Strike Force: the Newark/Philadelphia Regional Medicare Strike Force

On Monday, August 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a new addition to its regional Medicare Fraud Strike Forces: a Newark/Philadelphia Regional Medicare Strike Force that will target both healthcare fraud and opioid overprescription.[1] The newly-formed Newark/Philadelphia Strike Force joins nine existing regional Medicare Strike Forces, all of which are focused in geographical areas of high healthcare fraud risk: Miami, Florida; Los Angeles, California; Detroit, Michigan; Southern Texas; Southern Louisiana; Brooklyn, New York; Tampa, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Dallas, Texas.[2] The Newark/Philadelphia Strike Force will be supported by the resources of several federal agencies, including the Health Care Fraud Unit of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the FBI, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”), and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.[3]

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Seventeen Epstein Becker Green Attorneys Named to 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Washington, DC (April 23, 2018) – The national law firm of Epstein Becker Green (EBG) is pleased to announce that seventeen attorneys based in the firm’s Washington, DC, office have been selected for the 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers and Rising Stars listsThese attorneys join colleagues in EBG’s Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, and Princeton offices who were selected for other regionalSuper Lawyers and Rising Stars lists earlier this year. All of the EBG attorneys recognized are listed below.

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Personal Care Services Remain an Enforcement Focus: Prosecutions and Civil Settlements Still Going Strong

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“OIG”), has made pursuing fraud in the personal care services (“PCS”) sector a top priority, including making it a focus of their FY2017 workplan.

Last week, OIG released a report, Medicaid Fraud Control Units Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report,  which set forth the number and type of investigations and prosecutions conducted nationwide by the Medicaid Fraud Control Units (“MFCUs”) during FY 2016.  Overall, the MFCUs reported 1,564 convictions, over one-third of which involved PCS attendants; fraud cases accounted for 74 percent of the 1,564 convictions.[1]

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