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What is a Whistleblower? The Supreme Court Will Decide

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One thorny issue in whistleblower law involves deciding exactly how existing laws might protect a whistleblower from retaliation in certain cases. While it could appear as if it would be easy to define whistleblowing, in reality the many complex laws and situations can quickly muddy the waters when it comes to a clear definition. One … Continue reading “What is a Whistleblower? The Supreme Court Will Decide”

Boom in False Claims: FHA-Insured Reverse Mortgages

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In general, false claims against the mortgage industry have been profitable for the federal government. Since 2009, over $7 billion in settlements and judgments have been collected from Federal Housing Administration (FHA) lenders who have been accused of loan origination defects in forward (regular) mortgages. Recently, though, False Claims Act (FCA) cases brought against mortgage … Continue reading “Boom in False Claims: FHA-Insured Reverse Mortgages”

Enhanced Protections for Whistleblowers against Retaliation

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During May, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) changed its whistleblower rules in several ways. The most notable alteration was additional protections for whistleblowers against retaliation. These modifications to the CFTC’s Whistleblower Rules also improved the process associated with reviewing claims of retaliation. Changes were first proposed by the CFTC in 2016. The CFTC … Continue reading “Enhanced Protections for Whistleblowers against Retaliation”

A Major Whistleblower Settlement Against One of the Largest EHR Companies

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Electronic health records, or EHRs, have been promoted a great deal over the past decade. Considered a solution to the problems that result when doctors don’t talk to each other about their patients, EHRs have been gaining ground. The use of electronic medical records was also included in the Affordable Care Act; “meaningful use” of … Continue reading “A Major Whistleblower Settlement Against One of the Largest EHR Companies”

Limiting the Choices of Whistleblowers

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Lawmakers have been known to rush in order to push through legislation because of partisan concerns. It’s argued that might have been the case with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), passed by Congress in 2010 after 2008’s financial crash and its associated offenses. While some see problems with Dodd-Frank, one … Continue reading “Limiting the Choices of Whistleblowers”

UPDATE: United Healthcare Whistleblower Cases

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In March, 2017, we told you about a qui tam whistleblower case brought against United Healthcare and other insurance companies that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to join after a five-year investigation. The allegations, which run into hundreds of millions of dollars, involve the Medicare Advantage program. United Health is the largest provider … Continue reading “UPDATE: United Healthcare Whistleblower Cases”

What Are “Usual and Customary Charges” FCA Violations?

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You may have heard the phrase “usual, customary, and reasonable” with regard to medical charges of all types. Insurance companies often use such guidelines to regulate what they will pay in any given region or location. When it comes to government programs such as Medicaid or Medicare Part D (which applies to prescription drugs), if … Continue reading “What Are “Usual and Customary Charges” FCA Violations?”

I Signed a Confidentiality Agreement—Can I Still Be a Whistleblower?

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Confidentiality agreements are growing more common in the workplace these days and are no longer limited to managers or to those who might handle secret information. You might have signed one without even realizing that you did. It’s common to be given a lot of documents to sign when you are hired or on your … Continue reading “I Signed a Confidentiality Agreement—Can I Still Be a Whistleblower?”

Qui Tam FCA Case Nets $45 Million in GSA Contract Allegations

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced in a statement released on March 13, 2017, that CA Inc., an information technology, software, and software services company headquartered in New York, NY, has agreed to pay $45 million in order to settle False Claims Act (FCA) allegations. It is asserted that false claims and statements were … Continue reading “Qui Tam FCA Case Nets $45 Million in GSA Contract Allegations”

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