Labs in the Crosshairs: Navigating Post-COVID Government Enforcement Actions
Laboratories continue to be major targets of civil and criminal investigations and prosecutions by the Department of Justice and other healthcare enforcement agencies. Questions relating to billing procedures, medical necessity, and payment arrangements with employees, sale representatives, and laboratory client accounts remain primary areas that government prosecutors and enforcement agents probe for potential kickbacks and false claims violations. The aftermath of COVID related testing has only increased government activity and laboratories now find themselves under more scrutiny than ever before.
In this webinar, presented by McDonald Hopkins' National Healthcare Practice Group, Liz Sullivan and Richard Blake will discuss the added pressure many labs and other providers are experiencing and provide tips on how to prepare for government audits and investigations. Liz and Richard will also share observations and insight from interactions with government prosecutors and investigation trends arising from enforcement in recent years.
Topics to be covered include:
- Common trends in government investigation relating to laboratories and AKS, FCA and EKRA, including examples from recent experience
- Parallels of AKS and EKRA and anticipated enforcement tactics
- Enforcement trends relating to COVID testing, including HRSA audits
- How to prepare for audits and investigations