On November 2, 2015 the President signed The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, requiring that civil monetary penalties must be raised to account for inflation, followed by an annual review for further increases. Providers accused of False Claims Act (FCA) violations are likely to see an increase as high as 40% over the current penalty ranging from $5,500 to $11,000. Higher penalties may add up quickly in FCA cases, which generally involve hundreds of alleged tainted claims.
This could potentially have a negative impact on providers that have earmarked monies for quality of care improvement efforts who must now spend the money on paying higher penalties. The threat of higher penalties might also influence a provider’s decision to settle FCA cases due to the risk of astronomical penalties that may be imposed.
Budget Deal Raises Stakes for False Claims, Civil Monetary Penalties [link]
Robert S. Iwrey, Esq., a founding partner of The Health Law Partners, P.C., practices in all areas of healthcare law and devotes a substantial portion of his practice assisting clients in government investigations including the defense of FCA and qui tam actions, third party payor audits, DEA registrations, state licensing, pharmacy legal matters, and compliance. For more information regarding this article, please contact Robert S. Iwrey, Esq. at (248) 996-8510 or (212) 734-0128 or firstname.lastname@example.org.