Joyce Branda, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Department of Justice (DOJ), gave the keynote address on September 28, 2015, at the American Health Lawyers Association Fraud and Compliance Forum in Baltimore, providing conference attendees with an update from DOJ. Her speech identified various key issues for DOJ, as well as areas in which the health care industry can expect to see increased scrutiny in the coming year.
On June 9, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule in the Federal Register making changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). These changes were intended to encourage increased participation by hospitals, rural health centers, federally qualified health centers, physicians, and other eligible health care providers in the Shared Savings Program
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