U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services posted an unusual negative Advisory Opinion (AO 18-14) on a drug company’s proposal to provide free drugs to hospitals for use with pediatric patients suffering from a form of epilepsy. Of particular interest is OIG’s reliance on a longstanding, but rarely used, authority to

A recent $48.5 million False Claims Act (FCA) settlement between two laboratory companies and the federal government highlights the increased scrutiny of laboratory-physician compensation arrangements for potential Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) violations.  Both companies deny any wrongdoing and maintain that they cooperated fully with the government investigation.  The investigations and settlements follow guidance published last year