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Dallas Physicians and Nurses Sentenced to Prison for Role in $11 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Oct 27, 2018

Two Dallas doctors and three nurses were sentenced yesterday in an $11.3 million Medicare fraud scheme involving false and fraudulent claims for home health services. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of…

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Anthem Pays OCR $16 Million in Record HIPAA Settlement Following Largest U.S. Health Data Breach in History

Oct 24, 2018

Anthem, Inc. has agreed to pay $16 million to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and take substantial corrective action to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules after a series of cyberattacks led to the largest U.S. health…

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Former health care chief executive sentenced to 9.5 years in federal prison

Jul 2, 2018

James Burkhart’s conspiracy reaped nearly $19.4 million in fraud and kickbacks, funding private jets, vacation homes, diamond jewelry, and gold bars PRESS RELEASE INDIANAPOLIS B United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler today announced the sentencing of the former CEO of American Senior Communities (ASC) in a massive fraud, kickback, and money laundering conspiracy. James Burkhart,…

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Five HIPAA Compliance Tips for Small-Medium Sized Businesses

Jun 24, 2018

Maintaining round-the-clock HIPAA compliance is a constant challenge for healthcare providers and other HIPAA covered entities. For small and medium-sized organizations, the challenge of HIPAA compliance can be particularly difficult due to a lack of skilled personnel, resources, and budget. To make matters worse, just over a year ago, the OCR announced an initiative to…

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Former Doctor Receives 5 Years in Prison and Ordered to Pay $15 Million in Restitution for Fraud

Jun 23, 2018

Former Pain Management Doctor Receives 5 Years in Health Care Fraud Case, Ordered to Pay More Than 15 Million Dollars in Restitution United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that Chief United States District Judge Kristi K. DuBose sentenced Rassan M. Tarabein, 58, a former neurologist residing in…

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Texas Cancer Center to Pay $4.3 million in Penalties for HIPAA Violations

Jun 20, 2018

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has ruled that The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules and granted summary judgment to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on all issues, requiring…

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Compliance Resource Portal Provided by OIG

Apr 17, 2018

For those wishing to stay compliant please review the information provided by the OIG here

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Consequences for HIPAA violations don’t stop when a business closes

Feb 18, 2018

A receiver appointed to liquidate the assets of Filefax, Inc. has agreed to pay $ 100,000 out of the receivership estate to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in order to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule. Filefax, located…

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Laboratory and Owner of Lab Management Services Company to Pay $3.77 Million to Resolve Kickback and Medical Necessity Claims

Feb 5, 2018

DALLAS – Primex Clinical Laboratories, LLC has agreed to pay $3,500,000 to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks in exchange for laboratory referrals for patient pharmacogenetic testing.  In a related settlement, Mitch Edland, the Chief Executive Officer and owner of DNA Stat, LLC, has agreed to pay $270,000 to resolve…

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