Lieff Cabraser attorney Edward Baker will be a featured speaker at the American Association of Professional Coders 3rd Annual Collaborative Compliance Conference, August 29–30, 2023, where he will discuss “How the False Claims Act Impacts Coders and Other Healthcare Professionals.”

During his discussion, Baker will examine the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the application of the False Claims Act, even when the underlying regulatory guidance that serves as the basis for an alleged violation is less than perfectly clear. He will explore the significance of this decision for medical coders and other healthcare professionals and look at potential lessons that can be drawn for coders from recent False Claims Act enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice and State Attorney Generals.

For more information and to view the full conference agenda, visit the AAPC’s website.

About Edward Baker

Edward Baker is Of Counsel at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of California, where he was the Civil Healthcare Fraud Coordinator, as well as the Elder Justice Coordinator, within the Affirmative Civil Enforcement practice group. As an AUSA, Mr. Baker investigated numerous FCA cases, including allegations against physicians for medically unnecessary procedures, pharmacies for kickbacks to nursing homes, defense contractors and federal grant recipients for fraudulent billing, and hospitals for up-coding. He was the lead attorney for the United States in an FCA settlement against a group of Fresno cardiologists for performing medically unnecessary nuclear scans, and in a qui tam settlement against Omnicare, Inc., a national long-term care pharmacy, for improperly submitting claims for prescription drugs dispensed to patients in skilled nursing facilities. He worked closely with criminal prosecutors to enhance the district’s parallel proceedings practice and coordinated regular meetings of the EDCA Healthcare Fraud Task Force.

Prior to serving as an AUSA, Mr. Baker was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Vermont, where he was the Director of the Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit. He was a member of the litigation table team for thirty-six states in a qui tam lawsuit against Wyeth and Pfizer for Medicaid pharmaceutical “best price” violations that ultimately resulted in a $785 million settlement. He also laid the groundwork for the enactment of the Vermont False Claims Act and held leadership positions within the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.

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