Category Archives: Washington

Another Lawsuit Challening State Certificate of Need Laws – Virginia

On June 5, 2012, a lawsuit was filed in federal court in Virginia challenging the constitutionality of Virginia’s certificate of need (“CON”) law. This is the second recent lawsuit of its type challenging the constitutionality of state CON laws, and suggests an increased willingness of health care providers to challenge state CON laws following the relative success of the plaintiffs in the case of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital v. Washington State Department of Health.

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Lifewatch Services, Inc. enters into $18.5 Million Settlement and CIA to resolve False Claims Act Allegations

Lifewatch Services, Inc., an Illinois-based company, recently agreed to pay the United States $18.5 Million to resolve False Claims Act allegations filed by two separate whistleblowers. In addition to the settlement, Lifewatch entered into a comprehensive Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General.

The whistleblower complaints alleged that Lifewatch improperly billed Medicare for ambulatory cardiac telemetry (“ACT”) services. Continue reading