published an article by McGuireWoods lawyers Christina Egan and Benjamin Christenson discussing two new databases released by the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS). Although intended to increase the transparency of federal payments to physicians, the authors note, the existence of these
publicly available databases also may increase risks to healthcare providers because whistleblowers and attorneys can use the data to support qui tam
lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Act or the Physician Self-Referral Act. Subscribers to Law360 can read the full
text of the article at
www.law360.com. Originally, the piece appeared as a post under the same title on McGuireWoods’
Subject to Inquiry blog, which
provides commentary on white collar, congressional, SEC, energy enforcement and other government inquiries.