National Whistleblower Day

False Claims / Qui Tam

On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) reversed an order that had required a qui tam whistleblower to pay over $58,000
Continue Reading Historic Ruling in D.C. Circuit Reverses Order that Requires False Claims Act Plaintiffs to Pay Discovery Costs

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Whistleblower Center has called upon Attorney General William Barr to establish a special task force to combat fraud in federal
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False Claims Act legislation to cover tax frauds is under consideration in D.C., Michigan, and California, according to Bloomberg Tax.

The inspiration for these new proposed laws comes in part to the success of New York’s false claims law, which has racked up a whopping $467.4 million in settlements in the past ten years.
Continue Reading Success of New York False Claims Act in Uncovering Tax Fraud Draws Attention from Other States

Whistleblowers helped the government collect $3 billion in fines and recoveries in fiscal year 2019, up from $2.8 billion in 2018.

Medicare and Medicaid were big targets for fraudsters this year, as they have been in years past, according to the annual report from the Department of Justice. The list also includes military contractors, universities and a fish oil producer. Read the full list here.
Continue Reading Whistleblowers help DOJ collect $3 billion in fines and settlements under the False Claims Act

The AARP calls Medicare’s coverage of medical devices “a boon to beneficiaries but also a big draw for fraudsters, who exploit older Americans’ health care concerns to enrich themselves.” This week’s Modern Healthcare offers a piece that argues a recent False Claims Act case involving medical device kickbacks to doctors “illustrates an increasingly tenuous arrangement that may spur more whistleblower cases.” The piece also appeared Crain’s Chicago Business. 

The story refers to a July case where  the FBI, the Department of Health and Services and the Department of Justice joined in the whistleblower suit against spinal implant company called Life Spine. The feds charge that the company paid doctors to use their devices. The kickbacks included “millions of dollars of consulting fees, royalties, and intellectual property.”

In a release on the case, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Kickbacks to doctors can alter or compromise their judgment about the medical care and services to provide to patients,and can increase healthcare costs. This office will continue to hold companies and the people who run them accountable when they make improper payments to doctors.”

Life Spine tells Modern Healthcare in a statement “that both parties are engaged in discussions and look forward to resolving the matter.”


Continue Reading Whistleblowers could pursue more false claims cases against medical device makers