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Importance of Whistleblowers

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Telehealth Boomed During the Pandemic - and so Did Telehealth Fraud

Posted  08/24/22
By Hallie Noecker, Max Voldman
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Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was basically nonexistent, with one study clocking the percentage of “virtual” doctors’ visits before Covid-19 at zero percent. At the time, America’s largest insurer, Medicare, only covered telemedicine in limited circumstances that usually still involved a visit to a healthcare facility. Medicare’s coverage limitations demonstrated the Department of Health and Human...

Constantine Cannon Partner Gordon Schnell Published in Star Tribune on the Importance of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

Posted  08/1/22
By Gordon Schnell
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Last Saturday, July 30, 2022 was National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.  While there was not a lot of media attention on the event, the Star Tribune published a commentary by Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Partner Gordon Schnell on why the Day is so important and deserves so much more attention than it ever receives. As Schnell writes, the Day is not "just another made-up holiday to celebrate the peculiar...

Constantine Cannon Attorneys Explain How the Recent Conviction of Theranos COO Sunny Balwani Underlines the Need to Expand Whistleblower Rewards Programs

Posted  07/29/22
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As Gordon Schnell and Max Voldman explain in Fortune, the Balwani conviction closed a chapter that began several years ago when whistleblowers at the company reported to the press and authorities what they saw as something very wrong in Elizabeth Holmes’ biotech startup.  They followed a path many whistleblowers have taken, risking their own careers and livelihoods, to stop what they saw as serious fraud and...

Whistleblower Must-Reads: Eleven Essential Books about Whistleblowers and the Whistleblowing Experience

Posted  07/14/22
By Mary Inman, Elizabeth “Liz” Soltan
Being a whistleblower can be an isolating experience. If you are a whistleblower or are considering blowing the whistle, you may feel like a lone truth-teller. That loneliness is real. Sometimes it can help to hear the stories of other whistleblowers, both as a reminder that there is a community of whistleblowers out there and to glean more insight into the whistleblowing process. To help with that, we are compiling a...

American hospitals have been resistant to whistleblowers. Here’s how they can save money and lives by embracing them.

Posted  06/21/22
Hospital Building
Last month, the American Hospital Association wrote a pointed letter to the Justice Department, asking them to investigate, and potentially sue, Medicare Advantage plans for improperly denying coverage of patients’ hospital services. Medicare Advantage is a popular government program that pays private insurers premiums to cover seniors, and the insurers are required by law to provide at least the same benefits as...

Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Attorneys File Brief to Supreme Court on Behalf of Senator Grassley

Posted  05/26/22
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Constantine Cannon whistleblower attorneys were proud to represent long-time champion of the False Claims Act (FCA) Senator Charles Grassley in filing an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court. In the brief, available here, Senator Grassley urges the Court to repair a worrying trend among certain courts that is undermining the statute. Specifically, the brief describes how the Seventh Circuit’s decision...

DOJ Ramps Up Enforcement Against COVID-19 Fraud

Posted  04/25/22
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Even as mask restrictions are being relaxed in most parts of the country, the U.S. Department of Justice is ramping up its oversight of federal funds spent to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  Just last week, DOJ announced criminal charges against 21 defendants in nine federal districts for their alleged participation in COVID-19 fraud schemes that resulted in over $149 million in false billings to federal programs. 

Constantine Cannon Whistleblower Practice Group 2021 Roundup: Another Banner Year

Posted  04/21/22
Whistleblower Rewards
2021 was another banner year for Constantine Cannon’s whistleblower practice group, with three historic whistleblower successes, including the first-ever award under the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act. This string of successes follows the firm's record-shattering 2020 year where our whistleblower team secured blockbuster settlements that recovered more than $600 million for the government and roughly $115...

As Whistleblowers and Quality Care Advocates, Hospitalists are the Conscience of Healthcare

Posted  02/28/22
By Mary Inman, Ari Yampolsky
Thursday, March 3, 2022 is National Hospitalist Day, a day we recognize the contributions of the specialist care doctors and other professionals who provide quality care to sick and vulnerable patients in a hospital.  As the fastest growing specialty in modern medicine, hospitalists are a critical part of the nation’s health care service delivery system. Less noted but no less important, hospitalists also play a...

Top 5 Reasons Why Nurses Make Great Whistleblowers

Posted  02/22/22
By Edward Baker
hospital staff
Nurses are rightly getting a lot of attention lately for the courageous and essential role they are playing on the front-line during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Whether in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, or as home health workers, nurses are finally “learning what they are worth,” even as private equity firms seek to profit from nurses’ increased wage-earning power.  As reported by STAT, Congress is now...
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