September 30, 2015

Whistleblower News From The Inside — September 30, 2015

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

CFTC to issue whistleblower award of approximately $290,000 — The CFTC issues its second reward under the CFTC Whistleblower Program.  In the announcement of the award, the Director of the CFTC’s Whistleblower Office promises, “We are committed to whistleblowers, and we value the information that they provide.”  CFTC

Nursing homes bill for more therapy than patients need, U.S. Says – “Nursing homes receive far more in Medicare payments than it costs them to provide care, exploiting the billing system in some cases by giving patients more therapy services than they need, federal investigators said in a new report.”  NYT

Behaviorists show the U.S. how to improve government operations – An early project of the White House’s “Social and Behavioral Sciences Team” netted the feds $1.59 million in rebates by requiring vendors to sign rebate forms before filling them out.  NYT

Fraudulent ambulance rides: Medicare paid more than $50 million, IG says – Over the course of 6 months, Medicare paid more than $50 million in potentially improper bills from ambulance companies for rides for older Americans, including $30 million in payments despite an absence of evidence that the patients received care at their destinations and another $24 million in payments for rides to and from destinations for which Medicare will not pay for ambulance transportation.  Washington Post

Whistleblower cop settles for $600K in NYPD quota suit – “The NYPD cop who claimed he was thrown into Jamaica Hospital’s psych​iatric​ ward for almost a week ​because he turned whistleblower to accuse his fellow cops of ​following a quota system for arrests and summonses has settled his lawsuit against the city for $600,000, court papers state.”  New York Post

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