Walt Cartin, Brian Cromwell, and Robb Leandro wrote an article in Bloomberg Law about trends in government investigations and class action lawsuits targeting the health care industry.
"COVID-19 relief programs provided essential funding for health care providers the past two years," they wrote. "But those programs have also created new risks that are likely to increase in 2022 tied to government investigations. Long-term care providers also are increasingly the target of class action lawsuits that are often connected to their staffing levels. Given the increased challenges of finding and keeping employees in the health-care industry as a result of the pandemic, plaintiffs are likely to be more aggressive in the event of provider failure and errors in 2022 and beyond."
"Those are a few enforcement and litigation trends for providers to navigate in the next year," the authors continued. "They also may face new government scrutiny in other areas—especially telehealth and the ongoing opioid crisis. Across the board, there are practical steps providers can take now to reduce their risks."
Subscribers can read the full article here: Health-Care Organizations—Watch These Four Areas in 2022.
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