First Prosecution under EKRA Results in Guilty Plea

In a press release issued last month, the Department of Justice announced its first criminal prosecution under the Eliminating Kickback in Recovery Act (EKRA).  Defendant Theresa Merced – who is 80 years old – pled guilty and admitted to soliciting kickbacks from a...

New Hospital Price Transparency Rules Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its final rule requiring hospitals to publish prices for services beginning in 2021. Under the rule, hospitals must disclose prices in a machine-readable format and on a searchable platform. The...

Proposed AKS and Stark Rules

Earlier this month, both the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed rules that contain major and significant changes to the Anti-Kickback statute (AKS), the...