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February 26, 2013 Healthcare Fraud

Qui Tam Suit Against Cooper Health System Finally Resolved

A False Claims Act lawsuit filed against Cooper Health System, a New Jersey hospital, by Delaware Valley cardiologist Nicholas L. DePace, M.D., set off what became a multi-year investigation by the United States Department of Justice and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. The qui tam suit was filed in federal […]
February 25, 2013 Healthcare Fraud

False Claims Act Case Filed Against Lance Armstrong by the Department of Justice

The federal government has sued  Lance Armstrong, alleging the former cyclist committed fraud through cheating and false statements.
February 22, 2013 Healthcare Fraud

The Department of Defense Continued doing Business with Contractors Linked to Fraud Charges

In a shocking report prepared by the Department of Defense for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, it was revealed that hundreds of defense contractors who defrauded the U.S. military ended up receiving more than $1.1 trillion in Pentagon contracts during the past decade.
February 21, 2013 Healthcare Fraud

California Fights Back Against S&P – False Claims Act Suit Against Credit Rating Giant

One day after the United States government accused Wall Street’s biggest credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, of ratings inflation on mortgage-backed securities, the California Attorney General filed an additional suit claiming the credit ratings company violated the state’s False Claims Act (FCA). California joins twelve other states […]
February 20, 2013 Healthcare Fraud

Will Final Rule for Sunshine Act Decrease Medical Fraud?

On Friday, February 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a long-delayed final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The Sunshine Act requires all drug, medical device, and biological or medical supply manufacturers to carefully track and report all payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals. […]
February 18, 2013 Healthcare Fraud

Texas is Leading the Charge in Whistleblower Lawsuits

After cracking down on Medicaid fraud for over a decade, The Texas Attorney General’s Office recently reached two historic milestones. Since 2002, the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division’s recoveries in the State of Texas passed the $400 million mark, while total recoveries for the state and federal governments presently exceed $1 […]
February 18, 2013 Healthcare Fraud

Another Scandal for Orthofix as Former Employee Sentenced for Medicare Fraud

Yet another former manager with Orthofix pled guilty to forging former patient medical records in an attempt to justify reimbursement for procedures involving bone growth products.
February 14, 2013 SEC Fraud

The SEC Whistleblower Program

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is the federal agency responsible for regulating the securities industry and for enforcing federal securities laws. The SEC protects the public against fraudulent and manipulative practices in the securities markets. Congress created the SEC Whistleblower Program as a way to offer incentives to those people who have […]
February 13, 2013 Healthcare Fraud

HIPAA Security Rule: Stolen Laptop Brings $50,000 Settlement

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on January 2, 2013 the first settlement involving potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule involving less than 500 patients. An Idaho-based hospice provider was found at fault due to the theft […]
February 7, 2013 Healthcare Fraud

Year of the Whistleblower: How the Department of Justice Recovered $4.9 Billion in 2012

On December 4, 2012, Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West announced that during the fiscal year 2012, The Department of Justice (DOJ) recovered a record $4.9 billion in settlements and judgments as a result of fraud prosecuted under the False Claims Act (FCA). During 2012, there were about 650 whistleblower, or qui […]
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