Charlotte, NC – Parker Poe Partners Eric Cottrell, Jamie Lesnett, and Robb Leandro recently presented topics at the South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association’s annual conference in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on November 2, 2015.
The three conducted a round table discussion to members of the South Carolina Home Care and Hospice Association on the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act (FCA) is a federal law, which imposes liability on individuals and companies who defraud or submit false claims to the federal government. The FCA allows the federal government to seek treble damages, civil penalties and attorney’s fees for violations of the Act. The FCA also contains qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions which award whistleblowers up to 30% of the amount recovered by the federal government. The federal government reports that FCA recoveries have topped $22 billion since 2009. Accordingly, the FCA is widely considered the fastest growing area of federal litigation and has been described as the “government’s most potent civil weapon in addressing fraud.”
In addition, Robb Leandro made a presentation entitled “HIPAA On the Forefront.” The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been significantly revised in the past several years to include audits, increased civil penalties, and additional compliance requirements. Mr. Leandro provided information on key aspects of HIPAA and updates on new requirements and enforcement efforts by the federal government.
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