Two major whistleblower awards were revealed late last week.
Reuters is reporting a $1.7 million award to three Takata employees who exposed problems in airbag inflators.
In a separate case, CareWell Urgent Care Centers will pay $2 million to two states and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to settle a case involving both overbilling and unnecessary care. The walk-in clinics allegedly overbilled Medicaid and the insurance plan for state employees, according to a release issued Friday from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
The case was triggered after a former CareWell nurse practitioner came forward, according to a story in The Boston Globe.
Aileen Cartier, who worked at several of the company’s locations for almost two years, said managers told staff to take medical histories and perform exams on patients that far exceeded what was needed for their simple ailments.