A whistleblower or qui tam action can provide financial rewards to individuals who are retaliated against for providing information that a company, hospital or individual has defrauded the government. The primary statutes under which this relief may be sought are the federal and state False Claims Acts ("FCAs"). State and federal governments pay hundreds of billions of dollars each year for pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, hospital care, and nursing home care through Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. Thus, the False Claims Act is often applied in the health care industry to fight fraud, and specifically fraud committed by hospitals. Whistleblowers who report this fraud receive 15-25% of the amount recovered.
Why should you Attend:
Much confusion lies around the whistleblower laws or claims brought under the False Claims Act. A whistleblower or qui tam action can provide financial rewards to individuals who are retaliated against for providing information that a company or individual has defrauded the government. To the contrary, if the government finds that you have engaged in fraud against the government and you could be potentially be named in a whistleblower suit and be prosecuted civilly and/or criminally.
Because state and federal governments pay hundreds of billions of dollars each year for healthcare, fraud waste and abuse are particularly rampant in hospital settings.
Attend this 60-minute webinar to understand the framework of the False Claims Act (or whistleblower statute), the procedures for filing a False Claims Act case, and the importance in protecting the court's seal. I will also discuss the pros/cons of bringing a case and important information you should bring to the attention of the government and the attorney representing you.
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