On June 27, 2023, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG), posted a final rule on its website that amends the civil money penalty (CMP) regulations under the Information Blocking Rule. The final rule incorporates new CMP authority and increases the maximum penalties for certain CMP violations. The final rule was published to the Federal Register on July 3, 2023.Continue Reading HHS Final Rule Imposes New Civil Money Penalties for Information Blocking

On June 1, 2023 the U.S. Supreme Court vacated and remanded two Seventh Circuit decisions involving the False Claims Act (FCA), holding in a unanimous opinion that the FCA’s scienter element turns on a defendant’s subjective belief and intent, not by an after-the-fact analysis of whether the defendant’s actions were “objectively reasonable.”

The two cases at issue, United States et al. ex rel. Schutte et al. v. SuperValu Inc. et al. and United States et al. ex rel. Proctor v. Safeway Inc., alleged that respondents SuperValu and Safeway separately defrauded Medicaid and Medicare by offering discount programs to their customers while knowingly submitting claims for the higher retail prices exceeding the “usual and customary prices” customers paid. Ruling in favor of SuperValu and Safeway, the Seventh Circuit applied an “objectively reasonable” scienter standard, determining that SuperValu and Safeway would be liable for submitting false claims only if their respective interpretation of the FCA’s “usual and customary” language was not “objectively reasonable.”Continue Reading U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Usage of Subjective Standard for FCA Scienter Element