In the largest settlement with a skilled nursing facility (SNF) chain in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) history, Life Care Centers of America Inc. agreed to resolve a lawsuit against it for $145 million.
In October, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and his counterpart from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG’s) New York Region, announced a $5.31 million settlement of a civil fraud lawsuit against a Manhattan based hematology-oncology group, Hudson Valley Associates. This settlement resulted from claims brought under the False Claims Act.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) won an appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in October to issue a preliminary injunction to block the merger of Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized payment rates and updated policy changes in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for 2017. CMS estimates that the updates in the final rule would increase OPPS payments by 1.7% and ASC rates by 1.9% in 2017.