March 18, 2021 | otmseo

Government Audits of Medicare and Medicaid Providers on the Increase

Chicago – As the Federal Government through its various agencies, such as Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the States primarily through their Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCU) and the Office of the Attorneys General, investigations of billing irregularities and fraud are on the increase. These investigations of […]

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October 5, 2020 | otmseo

Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Michael Rosenblat wins seventh not guilty verdict in a row.

On August 27, 2020, two clients of Mr. Rosenblat were found not guilty at trial for violating orders of protection. Mr. Rosenblat also succeeded in having the civil stalking no contact orders dismissed.  On October 31, 2018, Mr. Rosenblat’s client was found not guilty of DUI. The court also granted the defendant’s petition to rescind […]

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June 22, 2019 | otmseo

Health Care Fraud – What the Government Must Prove

Health Care Fraud is one of the most common white collar crimes charged by the Federal Government. The Health Care Fraud statute states: (a)Whoever knowingly and willfully executes, or attempts to execute, a scheme or artifice— (1) to defraud any health care benefit program; or (2) to obtain, by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, […]

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March 15, 2018 | otmseo

How Medicare Providers can Fight a Medicare Recoupment

CHICAGO – Medicare and Medicaid providers are more often than ever facing audits from government agencies, regulators, or their surrogates. When contacted by any such an entity the first step is to determine your potential liability and exposure. Too many times, I have seen providers expose themselves needlessly to a criminal prosecution based on what started […]

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February 22, 2018 | otmseo

DOJ False Claims Act Policy Memo

Chicago – The Department of Justice issued an internal memorandum on January 10, 2018, which was soon released publicly and can be found here. The memorandum was quickly praised by the False Claims Act defense bar, but a reasoned review of the memorandum shows that the plaintiff bar should also welcome the policy statements outlined […]

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August 31, 2017 | otmseo

Fixing the ALJ Backlog

In 2014, the American Hospital Association sued the Secretary of Health and Human Services to compel HHS to clear the delay in the Medicare administrative appeals process and to comply with the statutory ninety-day time frame for Administrative Law Judge hearings. (The August 11, 2017, court of appeals opinion can be found here.) Congress directed […]

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July 14, 2017 | otmseo

How to Advance your Medicare Appeal after a Reconsideration by a QIC

If you are appealing a reconsideration issued by a Qualified Independent Contractor (QIC) and you have not received a decision within 90 days you may have the right to have your appeal escalated to the next level before the Medicare Appeals Council. An appellant who has properly filed a request for hearing before an Administrative […]

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July 14, 2017 | otmseo

Changes to the Medicare Appeals Process

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule on January 17, 2017 titled “Medicare Program: Changes to the Medicare Claims and Entitlement, Medicare Advantage Organization Determination, and Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Determination Appeals Procedures,” (Final Rule), that went into effect March […]

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February 25, 2017 | otmseo

False Claims Act case against Lance Armstrong Cycle’s On

Back in 1995, the United States Postal Service (USPS) sponsored the cycling team headed by Lance Armstrong, its top rider. In 2000 Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France and the USPS renewed its sponsorship of the team so long as Armstrong remained part of it. The USPS paid about $32 million to the team […]

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January 27, 2017 | otmseo

Medicare Abbreviations

Medicare and its regulation are replete with abbreviations, acronyms, and content specific phrases. The link below contains a list of 75 and growing. I hope you find this list helpful. If you have any additions, please contact me and I will include them. Mike

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