The Anti-Kickback Statute: Enforcement and Recent Updates

Duration: 60 Minutes
Webinar Id: 803706


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This webinar explains the potential use of the AKS by the government to enforce federal fraud and abuse laws, including Stark II and the Federal False Claims Act.


This webinar will focus on cases and enforcement actions taken by the HHS OIG and its law enforcement partners in 2021

We will also briefly review the Anti-Kickback Statute ("AKS"), discuss safe harbors, particularly the new proposed safe harbor for coordinated care and associated value-based arrangements, and OIG Advisory Opinions that have been issued in 2021, as well as pertinent cases involving the AKS

Why should you Attend: This program is designed for health care executives, physicians and other health care providers and their managers who participate in and receive remuneration from Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care programs such as TriCare. Several recent cases bring home the realization that many activities that are common in other industries are a crime under federal healthcare fraud and abuse laws.

Hospital executives, as well as physicians and/or other health care providers, should be very concerned about the potential for the government to use the AKS as one of the prime methods for enforcing the federal fraud and abuse laws. Equally concerning, along with Stark II (the federal physician anti-referral law), the AKS 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 AKS, along with the various exceptions and safe harbors that you can rely on for protection against enforcement under these laws. This is important because healthcare fraud and abuse if becoming the focus of these enforcement efforts.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • The AKS
  • The Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors
  • OIG Advisory Opinions
  • Enforcement Actions taken by OIG and its law enforcement partners
  • Pertinent Caselaw

Who Will Benefit:
  • Hospital Executives, Particularly CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CNOs, and CMOs
  • Physicians
  • Physician Practice Managers
  • Other Healthcare Provider Executives

Speaker Profile
William Mack Copeland MS, JD, PhD, LFACHE, practices health care law in Cincinnati at the firm of Copeland Law, LLC. 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.

Copeland is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, American, Ohio and Cincinnati Bar Associations and 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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