May 10, 2017

DOJ’s Kenneth Blanco, DHHS’s Gregory Demske to speak at ABA Health Care Fraud conference

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2017 — Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco, U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, and Gregory F. Demske, chief counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, will be the keynote speakers at the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s 27th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud on May 17-19 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Blanco will deliver opening remarks at 8:45.a.m. Thursday, May 18 and Demske will speak at 9:15 a.m.

27th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud
Sponsored by the ABA Criminal Justice section; and
co-sponsored by the ABA Health Law Section

Wednesday-Friday, May 17-19

Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six
2301 SE 17th Street    
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33316

Program highlights include:

“Office of Inspector General’s Plans for Federal Health Care Program Protection and Enforcement and Compliance” — DHHS representatives will discuss recent initiatives and future plans for enforcement and compliance. Speakers include: Robert K. DeConti, assistant inspector general for DHHS’ Legal Affairs Office of Inspector General; Lisa Re DHHS Office of Inspector General’s chief of the Administrative and Civil Remedies Branch; Shimon R. Richmond Special Agent in Charge Office of Inspector General.

Wednesday, May 18, 9:45– 10:45 a.m.

“False Claims Act Developments-Panel” — Speakers, including Michael Granston, director of DOJ Civil Division’s Commercial Frauds Branch, and F. Edward Kirby, special deputy attorney general for DHHS Office of Inspector General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit —  will discuss current legal developments and litigation and settlements in False Claims Act cases.

Wednesday, May 18, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“Criminal, Civil and Administrative Enforcement in Kickback Cases” — This panel will review recent developments in the prosecution of violations of the Anti-Kickback statute in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings. Speakers include: Sally B. Molloy, trial attorney in the DOJ Criminal Division’s Fraud Section; Martha Talley, chief of DHHS Office of Inspector General’s Industry Guidance Branch; Sara Vann, assistant attorney general Office of the Attorney General.

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.


A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Maria Frausto at 202-662-1091 or

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