Chelsea M. Rutherford
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Chelsea M. Rutherford focuses her practice on corporate, transactional and regulatory matters affecting a wide range of clients in the health care and life sciences industries. Read Chelsea M. Rutherford's full bio.
Stark Law Proposed Change Affects Group Practice Special Rules for Productivity Bonuses, Profit Shares
By Chelsea M. Rutherford, Dana Dombey, Daniel H. Melvin, James A. Cannatti III, Monica Wallace, Nicholas Alarif and Tony Maida on Oct 22, 2019
Posted In Stark
On October 9, 2019, the US Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed changes to the physician self-referral law (Stark Law). Physician practices are subject to the Stark Law, and the proposed rule includes an important clarification affecting certain group practices’ compensation models. CMS proposes to revise...
By Chelsea M. Rutherford on Jun 26, 2018
Posted In Materiality
On June 8, 2018, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia granted in part a motion for summary judgement filed by a government contractor in an implied false certification case under the False Claims Act (FCA), holding that the relator failed to satisfy the Supreme Court’s materiality standard put forth in the...
By Chelsea M. Rutherford on Sep 25, 2017
Posted In Materiality, Pharmaceuticals
In the fourth of a related set of qui tam False Claims Act (FCA) suits, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of generics manufacturer Par Pharmaceutical Companies (Par). The court’s August 17, 2017, opinion in U.S. ex rel. Lisitza et al v. Par Pharmaceutical Co,...
By Chelsea M. Rutherford on Apr 21, 2017
Posted In Anti-Kickback Statute / Stark Law, Retaliation
On March 20, 2017, the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi denied a motion to permanently seal the record of previously dismissed False Claims Act (FCA) claims. The three relators, who initially brought the claims in US v. Apothetech Rx Specialty Pharmacy Corp., claimed they would face potential reputational damage and retaliatory...
By Chelsea M. Rutherford on Dec 8, 2016
Posted In Uncategorized
On November 15, the US District Court for the Northern District of California granted Scottsdale Insurance Company’s motion for judgment on the pleadings in Hotchalk, Inc. v. Scottsdale Insurance Co. (Case No. 4:16-CV-03883), ruling that Scottsdale is not required to defend or indemnify Hotchalk from a 2014 False Claims Act (FCA) suit (and subsequent settlement)....
By Chelsea M. Rutherford on Sep 7, 2016
Posted In Reverse False Claims
As part of a settlement agreement reached on August 23, three hospitals and their former parent system agreed to pay $2.95 million to resolve state and federal False Claims Act (FCA) allegations that they failed to investigate and repay overpayments from the New York Medicaid program in a timely manner under the so-called “60 Day...
By Chelsea M. Rutherford on May 3, 2016
Posted In Damages and Penalties
On April 28, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice (Subcommittee) held a hearing on the False Claims Act (FCA). According to a statement of the Subcommittee chair, the hearing was called to examine FCA oversight and “what more can be done to prevent, detect, and eliminate false claims costing...
By Chelsea M. Rutherford on Feb 23, 2016
Posted In Anti-Kickback Statute / Stark Law, Pharmaceuticals
The past three months have seen a flurry of advisory opinion activity from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). The majority of this activity focuses on patient assistance programs (PAPs) as donors and organizations continue to have questions about OIG’s most recent PAP guidance. While none of...
“Operation Spinal Cap” Sees Former Hospital Executive, Physicians Charged for Their Roles in Kickback Scheme
By Chelsea M. Rutherford on Dec 3, 2015
Posted In Damages and Penalties
Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced charges against a former hospital CFO, two orthopedic surgeons, a chiropractor, and a health care marketer for their alleged roles in a series of fraudulent referral and billing schemes. According to the DOJ, these referral schemes paid illegal kickbacks to physicians for spinal surgery referrals and caused...
Recent Advisory Opinion Shows OIG’s Growing Acceptance of Financial Integration Among Related Entities
By Chelsea M. Rutherford on Sep 21, 2015
Posted In Anti-Kickback Statute / Stark Law
On July 20, the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) posted a new Advisory Opinion (the Opinion) addressing a health system’s restructured arrangement to lease employees, and provide other operational and management services, to a related psychiatric hospital (the Arrangement). The Opinion is a notable departure from other...