The Justice Department recovers billions of dollars every year through the False Claims Act.
Source: StarTribune, April 26, 2017
A Los Angeles jury has awarded more than $25 million to a whistleblower who was fired for reporting what he considered illegal sales tactics and surgeon kickbacks by a Minnesota medical device company.
Source: WBTV News, May 2, 2017
A pathology practice in Hickory, NC agreed to pay the United States $601,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid. A former pathologist at Piedmont Pathology reportedly brought the allegations to light, leading to the lawsuit.
Piedmont Pathology is accused of submitting the false claims for unnecessary procedures.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
Of the $3.5 billion recovered in 2015, $1.9 billion came from companies and individuals in the health care industry for allegedly providing unnecessary or inadequate care, paying kickbacks to health care providers to induce the use of certain goods and services, or overcharging for goods and services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care programs. The $1.9 billion reflects federal losses only.
Source: Herald Sun
A federal judge in Greensboro has rejected Duke University’s attempts to get a whistleblower lawsuit thrown out of court that accuses it of a massive research fraud. The Duke researchers are accused of submitting false data to get more than 60 research grants totaling $200 million from the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency.