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Becerra Brings Tougher Scrutiny on Health Fraud, Hospital Deals, Bloomberg Law

December 21, 2020

Morgan Lewis partner Katie McDermott spoke with Bloomberg Law about the potential policy agenda of President-elect Joseph Biden’s pick to lead the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In the article, she discussed potential coronavirus (COVID-19) related claims. “If you look historically at health care in particular, when there has been a ramp up in funding or a new program there has inherently been increased enforcement related to compliance with regulations or requirements for funding,” Katie said. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) will also be busy on a bottleneck of non-COVID-19-related cases that have been delayed due to the pandemic: “Courts will expect those to move at the same time DOJ and OIG are expected to deal with the onslaught of Covid-related enforcement,” she noted.

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