October 15, 2015

Whistleblower News From The Inside — October 15, 2015

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

Mental Health Providers Plead Guilty in $70 Million Fraud Scheme – An owner, a clinical director, and a therapist pleaded guilty Wednesday for their roles in a health care fraud scheme involving three Miami-based mental health centers that purported to provide intensive mental health services to Medicare beneficiaries.  From 2008 through 2010, the clinics billed Medicare for costly partial hospitalization program (PHP) services that were not medically necessary or not provided to patients, paid kickbacks to patient recruiters who referred beneficiaries to the centers in exchange, and falsified patient records.  DOJ

Boeing Pays $18 Million to Settle Fraud Allegations – Boeing paid $18 million to settle allegations that it submitted false claims for labor charges on maintenance contracts with the U.S. Air Force for the C-17 Globemaster aircraft.  The government alleged that Boeing improperly charged labor costs under the contracts, billing the United States for time mechanics spent on extended breaks and lunch hours.  Former Boeing employee James Thomas Webb, who brought the allegations under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, will receive an as yet undetermined share of the settlement.  DOJ and Long Beach Press-Telegram

NHS Outs Whistleblower Who Disclosed Colleagues’ ‘Macabre Experiment’ – One day after an anonymous whistleblower revealed that two doctors in an English hospital wrongly exposed 55 patients to chemotherapy, the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust named him in a statement published on its website and attempted to discredit him.  The whistleblower reported that chemotherapy treatment—which exposed patients to horrific and unnecessary side effects, including risk of fatal infections and lost fertility—was of no medical use and given in defiance of strict guidelines.  The cancer victims were not told about the blunder for six years, by which time 29 had died.  The Daily Mail

Could Snowden Have Gotten Whistleblower Protections? – At Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton claimed that Snowden “could have raised all the issues that he has raised” and “gotten all of the protections of being a whistleblower.”  Was she right?  Politifact, Mother Jones

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