WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2020 — The ABA Criminal Justice Section’s annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud will be held virtually over three consecutive Wednesdays from Nov. 4 through Nov.18 and will feature sessions on the False Claims Act, compliance in telehealth and efforts and discussions on nursing home fraud and patient abuse cases amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Key speakers will include Daniel R. Levinson, who served as inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2004-19, as well as top officials from the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services.
Wednesdays, Nov. 4, 11 and 18
The Health Fraud Institute brings together health care attorneys, regulators, compliance professionals, state and federal prosecutors and investigators and criminal defense attorneys to discuss and review the latest regulations and enforcement in health care fraud.
Program highlights include:
Wednesday, Nov. 4
“Review of Health Care Fraud & Compliance” —Daniel R. Levinson will review enforcement and compliance developments during his tenure as the inspector general. The discussion will focus on enforcement actions and accomplishments, but also the Office of the Inspector General’s leadership in promoting compliance for health care organizations.
12:10-1:40 p.m. CT
“False Claims Act Development” — This panel will discuss important False Claims Act legal developments, current litigation and settlements. Panelists include Jamie Yavelberg, deputy director of the Commercial Litigation Branch, Department of Justice; and Kevin Lownds, managing attorney, Medicaid Fraud Division, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in Boston.
2-3:30 p.m. CT
Wednesday, Nov. 11:
“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. Panelists include Jennifer Leonardis, senior counsel, Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services, and Allan Medina, chief, Health Care Fraud Unit, Department of Justice.
“Enforcement and Compliance in Telehealth” — This presentation will address the expanding practice and basis for telehealth services under federal health programs and private health plans and what the future may look like for these services. Panelists will also address telehealth business models, which have been the basis for criminal and civil liability for promoters and participants.
Wednesday, Nov. 18:
“Federal and State Enforcement During COVID-19” — This presentation will examine the enforcement efforts for combating the COVID-19 crises. Panelists will discuss strategies, goals and the forecast for future progress. Panelists include Matthew Charette, special agent in charge, Department of Health and Human Services OIG; and David Lazaru, chief of Lelling’s Asset Forfeiture Unit, U.S. States Attorney’s Office; and Toby Unger, director, Massachusetts MFCU, attorney General’s Office.
“Fraud and Abuse in Nursing Homes” — Panelists, including Jennifer Euler, supervising deputy attorney general, California Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, will discuss hot topics in nursing home fraud and patient abuse cases. Topics covered will include criminal investigations and prosecutions in cases involving allegations of patient abuse; investigations and False Claims Act cases involving allegations of substandard care; and criminal and civil cases involving allegations of financial fraud and false claims by nursing home providers.
2-3:30 p.m. CST
The complete schedule can be viewed online.
This event is open to members of the press. For media registration, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org
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