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When your client faces or may face an enforcement action by the Department of Health and Human Services (the federal health care agency) or the Securities and Exchange Commission, you can conduct legal research to find similar fact patterns and piece together a strategy. However, reading individual health care fraud settlements and Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) initial decisions is time consuming and won't help you identify relevant trends.
Enforcement Tracking & Analytics on Bloomberg Law … in One Sentence
Launched recently, Bloomberg Law's Health Care Fraud Analytics and SEC ALJ Analytics are two new legal research tools for lawyers under the company's growing portfolio of Enforcement Tracking & Analytics.
The Killer Feature
Health Care Fraud Analytics and SEC ALJ Analytics organize the corpus of public data into visualizations to help you assess both the big picture and important details.
For example, Outcome Analytics graphically depicts enforcement trends in a bar chart. For health care law, you can view top settlements by court and/or violation type (kickbacks, billing for unnecessary services, physician self-referrals, etc.). Hover over a settlement for details like settlement amount, entity types, and settlement date. A link takes you to the settlement agreement if you want to read it.
For SEC violations, you can view a stacked bar chart showing top decisions by dollar amount with breakouts for disgorgement, civil penalty, and pre-judgment interest. Another stacked bar chart shows number of events by penalty with five breakouts ranging from under $500,000 to over $500 million. Narrow the data in the chart by type of entity, title of individual, and/or violation type (material misstatements, fraudulent scheme, etc.).
"Bloomberg Law's Health Care Fraud Analytics compiles what would have required lengthy searches over multiple sources and puts it all in one place in an easily navigable and digestible format," says Associate John Eason of Bass Berry & Sims PLC. "It is an incredibly useful tool for our firm's Health Care Fraud Task Force in its efforts to track and analyze the government's enforcement priorities in civil False Claims Act actions and related criminal matters, and in advising clients on health law compliance and risks."
"With all the essential data distilled into easy-to-digest visualizations, Enforcement Tracking & Analytics on Bloomberg Law allows practitioners to better and more efficiently counsel clients who are facing potentially significant penalties," says Joe Breda, president of Bloomberg Law.
Other Notable Features
Health Care Fraud Analytics and SEC ALJ Analytics also enable you to analyze and compare research results in new ways. Start by entering keywords and choosing from several advanced search options. For Health Care Fraud Analytics, narrow your search by origin of complaint (self-disclosure, government investigation, whistleblower), type of entity, type of violation, parties, attorney, law firm, date, and settlement amount. SEC ALJ Analytics offers search parameters such as judge, individual title, non-monetary remediation, disgorgement, and civil penalty.
Your search results appear in a table, giving you a snapshot of each relevant health care settlement or ALJ initial decision respectively. You can display only the columns you need, change their order, sort by date, and apply filters to narrow your results. Links take you the primary source as well as to related content like dockets and news stories. You can save your search to your Bloomberg Law dashboard, receive email alerts, and print or download the table to share with clients and colleagues.
What Else Should You Know?
A Bloomberg Law subscription provides full access to these new services and all other content. Learn more about Health Care Fraud Analytics and SEC ALJ Analytics.
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