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This webinar will focus on the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and Stark Law (Stark), the federal anti-referral legislation, with an in-depth discussion of each and their relationship with the federal False Claims Act. It will also provide a review of enforcement priorities by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as cases that are pertinent to these enforcement activities. Finally, there will be a discussion of recommendations pertaining to compliance activities.

  • Provide attendees with an understanding of the AKS.
  • Provide attendees with an understanding of the Stark Law.
  • Provide attendees with an understanding of the FCA.
  • To show how being in compliance with the Safe Harbors and Stark exceptions will protect the organization from violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and/or Stark.
  • Provide a perspective of how the courts, the OIG, and the DOJ view compliance with the AKS, Stark, and the FCA.
  • Discuss recent enforcement actions taken by the OIG and Justice Department.
  • Show how the courts deal with violations of the AKS, Stark, and the FCA.

  • The Anti-Kickback Statute.
  • Stark Law.
  • Overview of the AKS Safe Harbors and Stark Exceptions.
  • Enforcement Actions taken by OIG and DOJ.
  • Caselaw.

This program is designed for healthcare executives, physicians, and other healthcare providers and their managers who participate in and receive remuneration from Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal healthcare programs such as TriCare. Several recent cases bring home the realization that many activities that are common in other industries are crimes under federal healthcare fraud and abuse laws. Physicians and hospital executives, as well as other health care providers, should be very concerned about the potential for the government to use the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark as one of the prime methods for enforcing federal fraud and abuse laws. Equally concerning is the AKS and/or Stark can be and is being used as the basis for an action brought under the Federal False Claims Act. In this webinar, you will learn about the elements of the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark, and the FCA, along with the various exceptions and safe harbors that you can rely on for protection against enforcement under these laws. This is important because, under recently enacted healthcare laws, enforcement, and healthcare fraud task forces have been greatly enhanced. In addition, to the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare), the government has greatly enhanced enforcement resources. Attend this webinar and learn how to protect yourself and your organization.

  • Hospital executives, particularly CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CNOs, and CMOs,
  • Physicians,
  • Physician practice managers, and
  • Other healthcare provider executives.

William Mack Copeland, MS, JD, PhD, LFACHE, practices health care law in Cincinnati at the firm of Copeland Law, LLC, where he is president and CEO. He is also president of Executive & Managerial Development Group, a consulting entity providing compliance and other fraud and abuse related services. A graduate of Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Bill is a frequent author and speaker on health law topics. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, American, Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Associations. A former hospital chief executive officer, he is a life fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He was awarded the American College of Health Care Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award in 2007.

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