George B. Breen, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences and Litigation practices and Chair of the firm’s National Health Care and Life Sciences Practice Steering Committee, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in AHC Media’s Healthcare Risk Management newsletter, in “Report Overpayments to CMS Carefully to Avoid More Trouble.”
Following is an excerpt:
If there is concern about potential False Claims Act liability, reporting to a contractor will not be sufficient and there is risk of further investigation, Breen says.
“It is important to recognize that reporting and acceptance of a voluntary refund in no way affects or limits the rights of the federal government or any of its agencies or agents to pursue an appropriate criminal, civil, or administrative remedy arising from or relating to the claims subject to the voluntary refund,” Breen says. “As a result, it is critical to make the right determination of the entity to which an overpayment should be reported.”