Success in False Claims Act Lawsuits

In this third episode of the Husch Blackwell Hospice Team’s “Hospice and the False Claims Act” series, Meg Pekarske, Bryan Nowicki, Jody Rudman and Brian Flood discuss the process and path of a False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit. FCA cases are a test of endurance as much as they require expert marshalling of facts and law. The Hospice Team gives the insider’s view of an FCA lawsuit, including how hospices and their attorneys work together to identify strengths and weaknesses, manage expectations and develop a winning strategy. Tune in: https://bit.ly/3B78exg

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Photo of Meg S.L. Pekarske Meg S.L. Pekarske

Meg has devoted her legal practice to serving the everchanging legal needs of the hospice industry. As chair of Husch Blackwell’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group, she manages the firm’s hospice practice. In working day in and day out with hospice clients

Meg has devoted her legal practice to serving the everchanging legal needs of the hospice industry. As chair of Husch Blackwell’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group, she manages the firm’s hospice practice. In working day in and day out with hospice clients across the country, Meg is intimately familiar with the operational challenges of hospices and has the experience to address the full spectrum of legal issues facing the industry, from routine regulatory compliance issues to multimillion dollar Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), Medicaid and other government audits. Additionally, Meg routinely advises hospices on palliative care program development, innovative inpatient unit structures, fraud investigations and a wide range of contracting issues. With an extensive background in long-term care, Meg brings a unique perspective and skill set to helping hospices create successful partnerships with nursing homes and assisted living facilities and providing quality end-of-life care to patients.

Photo of Bryan K. Nowicki Bryan K. Nowicki

I lead the litigation and internal investigation efforts within Husch Blackwell’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group. I work with hospices and healthcare providers across the country on a range of litigation, regulatory, compliance, and business matters. I represent clients in False Claims…

I lead the litigation and internal investigation efforts within Husch Blackwell’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group. I work with hospices and healthcare providers across the country on a range of litigation, regulatory, compliance, and business matters. I represent clients in False Claims Act lawsuits, state and federal government fraud investigations, and audits by Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPICs), Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), and Medicaid Integrity Contractors (MICs). I also conduct and manage internal investigations of hospices and health care providers regarding a range of compliance matters.

Photo of Jody L. Rudman Jody L. Rudman

A seasoned litigator, Jody is passionate about advocating for healthcare clients who face enforcement and compliance issues – both in and out of the courtroom. Jody has assisted clients across a wide range of industries at investigations, negotiations, mediations, pretrial matters, grand jury

A seasoned litigator, Jody is passionate about advocating for healthcare clients who face enforcement and compliance issues – both in and out of the courtroom. Jody has assisted clients across a wide range of industries at investigations, negotiations, mediations, pretrial matters, grand jury proceedings, civil lawsuits, criminal indictments, jury trials, sentencings and appeals.

Photo of Brian G. Flood Brian G. Flood

Brian views government reviews, audits and investigations as unexpected issues that need quick intervention to minimize damage and move clients forward. Brian advises clients, many from the healthcare industry, on strategy and tactics to achieve the most favorable resolution of regulatory compliance and

Brian views government reviews, audits and investigations as unexpected issues that need quick intervention to minimize damage and move clients forward. Brian advises clients, many from the healthcare industry, on strategy and tactics to achieve the most favorable resolution of regulatory compliance and other challenges.