New OIG fraud alert puts doctors on notice

From Modern Healthcare:

Doctors must be careful to avoid entering into payment agreements that could violate the anti-kickback statute, HHS’ Office of Inspector General warned in a fraud alert Tuesday that follows a dozen recent settlements involving physician contracts.

The alert could signify that the feds are increasingly pursuing allegations against individual doctors, as opposed to just the hospitals and other organizations that pay them. Or it could be a way to remind physicians that they, too, are accountable for arrangements that skirt the law, experts say.

Telemedicine: American Well files patent infringement suit against Teladoc

From Becker’s:

Telemedicine provider American Well today filed a lawsuit seeking relief from the infringement of intellectual property rights against Teladoc, another telemedicine provider.

The suit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleges Teladoc “unfairly disregarded” American Well’s intellectual property related to its technology in the telemedicine business.

“While a transparent and competitive landscape is an imperative for innovation, Teladoc has unfairly disregarded American Well’s ownership rights to advance its business,” said Ido Schoenberg, CEO of American Well, in a statement. “We developed and patented these innovations, and we owe it to our clients, partners and shareholders to protect them.”