Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Anna Grizzle commented for an article detailing several settlements healthcare companies recently finalized with the Department of Justice related to alleged False Claims Act (FCA) violations. These settlements have focused on violations related to physician payment arrangements and filing claims in violation of the Stark Law. The article discusses what companies can do to avoid future investigations. While internal audits are the first step to discovering potential FCA violations, unless companies implement corrective actions the potential for future violations will continue. As Anna points out in the article, "'[i]f you are exercising that type of vigilance and self-policing, that can go a long way to help a provider avoid being the next headline.'"
The full article, "Latest Review of False Claims Act Compliance," was published by Compliance Week on November 10, 2015 and is available online (subscription required).