Why be a Whistleblower? Regardless of your political persuasion, your view about big or small government, or even your position on various government programs, everyone would agree that we need to catch and reduce the amount of fraud committed on the government. Private citizens — whether as consumers, employees, patients […]
Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay $3 billion in fines to settle criminal and civil violations. The qui tam portion of the civil lawsuit arose under the False Claims Act and is said to be worth over $1 billion. At issue in the civil suit were claims relating to the company’s medications, including […]
On February 6, 2018, Berger Montague attorneys Jon Lambiras and Lane Vines presented a 2-hour CLE to the Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. It was attended by approximately 60 attorneys, CPAs, and fraud investigators.
Berger Montague has selected Sherrie R. Savett to serve as Chairwoman of the firm in 2018. Ms. Savett is the first woman to hold the chair position in Berger Montague’s 48-year history. The firm also promoted two attorneys, Ellen T. Noteware and Caitlin G. Coslett, to shareholder status.
Berger Montague is pleased to announce that on December 29, 2017, affiliates of American Gypsum Co., National Gypsum Co., and PABCO Building Products LLC agreed to pay a class of drywall direct purchasers $125 million to settle price-fixing allegations. This latest settlement brings the total amount of settlements for the class to $190.7 million.
Nurses have long been a crucial part of the healthcare system, and they can be just as crucial when it comes to reporting fraud within that system. As insiders and observers of many healthcare procedures and billing practices, nurses have much-needed visibility into wrongdoing being committed by hospitals, physician-practice groups, […]
In 1994, the Florida Legislature adopted the Florida False Claims Act (“Florida FCA”), which, generally speaking, “authorizes a private person or the State to initiate a civil action against a person or company who knowingly presents a false claim to the State for payment.” Like the federal False Claims Act, […]
Medi-Cal is the name of the State of California’s Medicaid program, as well as certain state healthcare programs. Medi-Cal is administered by the California Department of Health Services and accounts for more than $40 billion in annual expenditures – nearly one-quarter of the state’s entire budget. Medi-Cal provides health coverage […]
By Sherrie Savett Background The National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) awards billions of dollars to support medical and scientific research in the area of health and diseases. NIH invests approximately $32.3 billion each year in research grants to recipient organizations. There are strict requirements for grant approval. Only 7 – […]
Imagine the following scenario: a patient with Medicare sprains her ankle and sees a doctor for one 15 minute appointment. The doctor then bills Medicare as if he had seen the patient for five 15 minute appointments over the course of a month. The doctor figures that Medicare will never […]
Although fraud against the federal and state governments occurs in many different industries, there is always a lot of attention paid to healthcare fraud because it involves such enormous government expenditures, and it has such a huge impact on the beneficiaries of government healthcare programs. That impact can be through […]