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VA Acupuncture Audits of Non-VA, Community Providers are Increasing

(May 20, 2022): Acupuncture audits and investigations by federal, state and private payors have greatly expanded in recent years. One of the most active players conducting acupuncture audits today is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (VA). It is worth noting that long before traditional Medicare even considered covering acupuncture services,[1] the VA made these …

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Will Xiulu Ruan v. United States Finally Bring Some Sanity to Interpretations of the Controlled Substances Act?

(May 2, 2022): The Supreme Court last addressed violations of 21 U.S.C. §841 by a medical practitioner in 1975.[1] Since that time, several circuit courts have taken different approaches when construing the scienter requirements to prove a Controlled Substance Act violation, and how a jury may be instructed when deciding a case.  Hopefully, clarification of …

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The Collateral Enforcement Risks of DOJ Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) Issued in False Claims Act Matters and Cases

(October 21, 2021): The False Claims Act [1] remains the primary civil enforcement tool utilized by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). While the results of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 have not yet been published, settlements and judgements in FY 2020 exceeded $2.2 billion. Of this total, $1.8 billion were related to the health care …

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