K&L Gates Hosts Town Hall Featuring DOJ’s Fraud Initiatives as a Result of COVID-19 and How Health Care Providers Should Prepare

25 Agustus 2020

K&L Gates recently hosted a virtual COVID-19 Health Care Fraud Town Hall discussion featuring representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country. This forward-looking program focused on health care fraud enforcement priorities and the related national landscape surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, including CARES Act relief funding, False Claims Act liability, government investigations, price gouging, and the steps health care providers need to take to mitigate fraud risks during and after the pandemic. Thank you to our panelists for providing valuable and timely insights to the over 200 attendees, as well as the six state hospital associations that collaborated with us to present this program.

•    Program Overview/Introduction – John Lawrence, K&L Gates
•    U.S. Department of Justice Enforcement Priorities in a COVID-19 Environment – Moderated by Mary Beth Johnston and David Rybicki, K&L Gates 
     – Ethan Davis, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice
•    Views from the U.S. Attorneys – Moderated by Myla Reizen and Mike McKay, K&L Gates 
     – Stephen Cox, U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Texas
     – Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida
     – Brian Moran, U.S. Attorney, Western District of Washington
•    The Impacts of COVID-19 on Health Care Investigations – Moderated by Cliff Histed and Matt Hubbell, K&L Gates 
     – Rhett DeHart, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of South Carolina
     – Linda Wawzenski, Deputy Chief of the Civil Division, Northern District of Illinois
     – Mark Rush, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
•    Conclusion – John Lawrence, K&L Gates

•    Illinois Health and Hospital Association
•    Louisiana Hospital Association
•    North Carolina Healthcare Association
•    The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
•    South Carolina Hospital Association
•    Washington State Hospital Association
•    K&L Gates LLP