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Do I Have Enough Information To Be a Whistleblower?

If you have information about fraud being committed against the government, you might be considering whether you have enough information to state a claim under the False Claims Act. It can be challenging to know whether you have enough information to bring a qui tam suit, but generally, you need to meet the following requirements to successfully file a claim under the False Claims Act: More

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How the Government Gets Involved in False Claims Act Cases?

The False Claims Act (FCA) is designed to help prevent fraud against the federal government. The FCA allows the government to pursue claims against individuals or entities who defraud the government or government programs. More

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How Does the False Claims Act Retaliation Provision Work?

The False Claims Act (FCA) makes it illegal for organizations and individuals to use deception, misrepresentation and false claims to defraud the federal government. The FCA allows whistleblowers to file a lawsuit on behalf of the government and share in the government's recovery. More

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How the False Claims Act Protects Patient Safety

False or fraudulent claims in the healthcare industry deprive all citizens.  When government money is wasted on fraud, there is less to spend on providing legitimate care, and cost is borne by all taxpayers. The False Claims Act is designed to help prevent this type of fraud. Under the False Claims Act, it is illegal for medical providers to lie about billing or to submit falsified or false bills and claims. In addition, the False Claims Act allows whistleblowers to come forward with evidence of wrongdoing on the part of medical providers when fraud does occur. Under the act, whistleblowers can file a lawsuit on behalf of the government and may even be able to secure part of the recovery. More

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Can Whistleblowers Reveal Protected Health Information?

Reporting misconduct as a whistleblower requires evidence.  In the healthcare industry, providing evidence of misconduct can become complicated because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, which generally prohibits the disclosure of protected health information (PHI) – information that is useful, if not necessary, to effectively report healthcare fraud. HIPAA, however, provides an exception to the prohibition on the disclosure of PHI for whistleblowers.   More

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Has the False Claims Act Been Successful?

There is no doubt that fraud against the government is a serious problem. Many companies have contracts with the government, and many companies and healthcare providers work directly and indirectly with government programs. When these companies violate regulations or government contracts, they can put lives at risk. For example, Medicare fraud can involve healthcare providers performing unnecessary procedures, or sending lab tests out to untrained technicians; defense contractor fraud can involve providing defective bullet proof vests.  And in almost all cases, fraud against the government is costly for taxpayers. More

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The Original Source Rule Under the FCA: What You Need to Know

The public disclosure bar of the False Claims Act generally prohibits suits based on facts that are publicly available. The original source rule, however, provides an exception to the public disclosure bar, so that whistleblowers who add valuable information to the publicly disclosed material can still pursue claims on behalf of the government.    More

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How the False Claims Act Protects Whistleblowers

In addition to imposing penalties on companies or individuals who deliberately defraud government-supported programs, the False Claims Act also includes provisions that protect whistleblowers from being retaliated against by the individuals or corporations they report for engaging in fraudulent activity. More

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The Importance of Whistleblowers for Civil Fraud Recoveries

In 2015, over 80 percent of the United States' civil fraud recoveries were the result of whistleblowers reporting fraud against the government and taxpayers. The government's recovery from those whistleblower reports was in excess of $2.9 billion. The U.S. Department of Justice relies heavily on the bravery and integrity of whistleblowers to protect government programs from unethical individuals and corporations who fleece United States taxpayers.   More

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Can I Be Compensated For Being a Whistleblower?

Whistleblowers often have a number of questions when they are considering whether to file a whistleblower lawsuit. One of the most common questions people have is whether any financial award is available to whistleblowers. In other words, can whistleblowers get paid? More

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