Opioid Fraud Enforcement Top Priority for DOJ in 2018

Expect Steady Audits, Enforcement; Pay Squeeze, Fewer Rules Raise Ante for CCOs
– Health Care Compliance Association

Manatt’s Richard Hartunian, a partner in the firm’s corporate investigations and white collar defense practice, was quoted by Health Care Compliance Association in an article on health fraud enforcement trends.

According to the article, opioid fraud and abuse are a top enforcement priority for the Department of Justice. Experts say it is unlikely that health fraud enforcement, which is a bipartisan passion, will let up, particularly in regard to opioids.

“This is probably the big story for 2018,” explained Hartunian. “A lot of money is being poured into the use of data analytics to identify hot spots that can help investigators address wrongdoing in this area.”