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Lab to Pay $63.5M to Settle Kickback Allegations Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 18:19
Inform Diagnostics, an Irving, Texas-based pathology laboratory company, has agreed to pay $63.5 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by  engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians. The settlement stems from allegations that the company violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Lawby providing referring physicians with subsidies for electronic health records (EHR) systems and free or discounted technology consulting services. The Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law restrict the financial relationships that health care providers, including laboratories, may have with doctors who refer patients to them.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2019 17:54
Judge orders full release of redacted lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Joseph | STAT   
Monday, 28 January 2019 00:00
A Massachusetts judge ruled on Monday that the state's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for allegedly helping spawn the opioid crisis should be released in full to the public. Previous versions of the suit, which have already provided  new details about how the company marketed its blockbuster OxyContin painkiller, contained portions that were redacted. The complete document could shed light on decisions made by Purdue's board and how much money company executives made. The decision from Judge Janet Sanders in Suffolk County Superior Court came in response to a motion filed by media organizations, including STAT and the Boston Globe, to release the full lawsuit, which was originally filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in June.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:57
How the shutdown is hitting healthcare Print E-mail
Written by Les Masterson | Healthcare Dive   
Friday, 25 January 2019 17:16
Hospital leaders, patient groups and others are speaking out about the potential of upheaval as the partial government shutdown moves into day 34. The shutdown is affecting healthcare in many ways, including stalled food inspections, people not being able to afford care and premiums and the possibility of Americans not receiving prompt tax credits that help pay their health insurance. Dozens of health groups sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the president and Congress to reopen government immediately to "minimize any further impact on the public's health and wellbeing."

Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2019 18:18
Regulatory Dead Zone May Be Holding Up Copycat Insulin Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Dunn | Healthcare Dive   
Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00
The insulin market has increasingly attracted scrutiny from politicians, regulators and patient groups, as prices ramp higher for the hormone that millions of diabetics depend on to stay alive. Food and Drug Administration head Scott Gottlieb has advocated for greater competition in the pharmaceutical industry as a means of bringing down drug costs. But, for insulin, changing legal rules have effectively created a "regulatory dead zone," hindering generic drugmakers filing applications for copycat versions of the biologic drug. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 18:16
GoFundMe CEO: 'Gigantic Gaps' in Health System Showing Up in Crowdfunding Print E-mail
Written by Rachel Bluth | KHN   
Friday, 18 January 2019 17:52
Scrolling through the GoFundMe website reveals seemingly an endless number of people who need help or community support. A common theme: the cost of health care. It didn't start out this way. Back in 2010, when the crowdfunding website began, it suggested fundraisers for "ideas and dreams," "wedding donations and honeymoon registry" or "special occasions." A spokeswoman said the bulk of collection efforts from the first year were "related to charities and foundations." A category for medical needs existed, but it was farther down the list. In the nine years since, campaigns to pay for health care have reaped the most cash.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2019 18:32
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