Here is our look-back at the key whistleblower and fraud developments we have written about over the past month:
FEATURED POSTS AND COMMENTARY
This month’s featured posts and commentary included: Doctors Be Warned: DOJ Steps Up Enforcement of Anti-Kickback Law Against Individual Medical Professionals (here); Medicare Part C: Fighting Back Against Risk Adjustment Fraud (here); DOJ Gives Major Shoutout To Whistleblowers In $450M DaVita False Claims Act Settlement (here); 2015 World Justice Project Rule of Law Index Released — US Ranks No. 19 (here); Fourth Circuit Gives Expansive Read of False Claims Act Whistleblower Retaliation Protections (here).
DOJ CATCH OF THE WEEK
WHISTLEBLOWER NEWS FROM THE INSIDE
Included among this month’s top whistleblower and fraud news: VMWare and Carahsoft agree to pay $75.5M to settle whistleblower case (here); Call for urgent UK government review of Compass Group whistleblower case (here); Doctors accused of fraud were top earners (here); DOJ Announces DaVita to Pay $450 Million to Resolve Allegations That it Sought Reimbursement for Unnecessary Drug Wastage (here); DaVita Healthcare hit with subpoena for Medicare coding (here); Fraud still plagues Medicare’s prescription drug program (here); Government hits BAE Systems with False Claims Act complaint (here); Feds charge hundreds with Medicare fraud (here); Grassley, Leahy introduce the Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act (here); IAP Worldwide Services to pay $7 million penalty for bribery (here); Children’s Hospital to pay $12.9M to settle whistleblower charges of Medicare fraud (here); Awards in Australia for tax whistleblowers? (here); Homeland Security whistleblower speaks out (here); Veterans Affairs whistleblowers joining forces (here); Trinity Industries hit with $663 million charge for deathly guard rails (here); Canada’s top securities regulator considering proposal to protect and pay corporate whistleblowers (here); Computer Sciences Corporation hit with $190 million penalty (here); US settles kickback allegations with Georgia Hospital (here); Medicare discloses that it doled out $90 billion in 2012 & 2013 (here); Baltimore trash fraud leads to 11 indictments (here); First Tennessee Bank to pay $212.5m to settle False Claims Act charges of faulty mortgage loans (here); NSA spying program expires (here).
DOJ Fraud Settlements
The DOJ settled False Claims Act and other fraud allegations with VMware, OtisMed, Education Affiliates, Covenant Hospice, IAP Worldwide, Hebrew Homes, Children’s Hospital, and First Tennessee Bank, among others, for a total recovery of roughly $400 million. Many of these matters were initiated by whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Click here.
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