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Healthcare fraud and abuse claims under the False Claims Act are on the rise, with the United States Department of Justice boasting that it recovered $2.5 billion in settlements and judgments in healthcare fraud investigations, prosecutions and civil litigations in 2016.
Memphis Special Counsel Shawn D. Sentilles authored "Implementing a Royalty Review Program: Safe Practices for Medical Device Manufacturers and Design Surgeons" for the Spring 2016 edition of Memphis Medical Society Quarterly.

Partner Jeffrey C. Smith with the Memphis office of Adams and Reese authored “Legal Briefs: Tennessee Supreme Court Reverses Course and Jettisons – Unworkable Summary Judgment Standard” appearing in the winter 2016 edition of The Memphis Medical Society Quarterly.

Special Counsel, Susan E. Mack with the Jacksonville office of Adams and Reese authored “Patrolling Cyberspace: Corporate Counsel's Role in Assuring Sufficiency of 'Business Associate' Agreements Under HIPAA” appearing in the 2015 4th Quarter Newsletter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) North Florida Chapter.
"Government Latin Lessons," The Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, authors: Adams and Reese attorneys Tim Gary and Alexandra Howard, Volume 18, Number 3, Fall 2015
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”), 2013 statistics demonstrate that healthcare workers have a rate of work-related illness and injury that is nearly twice as high as the overall rate seen in private industry.
"Mid-Term Election Update: Physicians on Capitol Hill" - The Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, author: Mark Norris, Winter 2015
"CMS is Pumping the Brakes on its Recovery Audit Contractors," article by Adams and Reese attorney Hal B. (Wells) Johnson, The Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, Summer 2014
The House Health & Human Services Committee passed House Bill 7113 by Representative Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) after adopting a strike all amendment that includes provisions on health care topics previously addressed in separate bills.
"Obama Administration Further Delays Employer Mandate" - Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, Spring 2014, author: Allison Jones, Adams and Reese heath care attorney, Jackson office
Over the years, the US Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) has focused attention on healthcare workers and the safety issues they face in a variety of ways. In 1999 OSHA proposed implementation of an “ergonomics standard,” intended to reduce musculoskeletal injuries for a host of different occupations, including healthcare workers.
"A Refresher Course on the Employer Mandate - It's Time to Get Ready!" - The Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, Winter 2014, author: Adams and Reese attorney Katie Gilchrist
In January, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published the final rules implementing the HITECH Act’s revisions to HIPAA. With a few exceptions, covered entities and business associates must adjust existing business practices in order to comply with these requirements by the September 23, 2013 compliance deadline. For most in the industry, maintaining the status quo will mean that compliance plans and policies will soon be outdated.
"Current Regulatory and Liability Issues for Drug Compounding" - DRI: For the Defense, authors: Adams and Reese attorneys Paige Sensenbrenner, Diana Surprenant and Laura Whitmore, September 2013.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) launched various new regulations for employers regarding employee health insurance coverage. While the employer mandate to provide health coverage was postponed by one year, notice requirements still loom. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to provide notice to employees of coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace that become available January 1, 2014.
"Affordable Care Act Effective Date Postponed" - Medical Society Quarterly, Fall 2013, author: Adams and Reese Partner Katie Gilchrist
"HIPAA Omnibus Rulemaking Expands Liability and Increases Costs of Compliance," Medical Society Quarterly, Spring 2013, Author: Adams and Reese attorney Brant Ryan