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Healthcare Whistle Blower Awarded $351,000

Healthcare Whistle Blower Awarded $351,000 December 8, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Tampa, FL: It did not take long for Kathleen Siwicki to notice something was very wrong in the Florida cardiologist’s office where she was working. Siwicki, an experienced Certified Cardiovascular Technologist, immediately began to see the services the doctor was providing did not match the billing statements he was submitting for payment. In November 2014, after just six months working for Dr. Arthur Portnow she quit her job and shortly after filed an action under the False Claims Act.
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Untold Story of Opioid Epidemic: Attorney Explains Kickbacks and Billing Fraud

Untold Story of Opioid Epidemic: Attorney Explains Kickbacks and Billing Fraud November 27, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC It’s not the users. It’s the doctors. In a November 22 interview with lawyersandsettlements.com, attorney Jason Brown told a strange two-track story where healthcare whistleblower lawsuits meet the opioid epidemic. It’s not pretty. He believes that 2018-2019 will bring a proliferation of whistleblower lawsuits that target the real villains – the doctors and the healthcare system within which they operate.
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Whistleblower Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit Alleges Surgical Double-Booking

Whistleblower Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit Alleges Surgical Double-Booking October 31, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Boston, MA: Not one, but two healthcare fraud lawsuits against the renowned Massachusetts General Hospital and its operator allege double-booking of surgeries that possibly put patients at risk. There are also allegations that patients are misled into assuming their procedures will be performed by experienced surgeons, when in fact residents and fellows often perform various aspects of a procedure while the primary surgeon is out of the room.
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Ohio Firm Loses Petition to Have SEC Lawsuit Dismissed

Ohio Firm Loses Petition to Have SEC Lawsuit Dismissed October 21, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: An Ohio-based chemicals and roofing company accused of gouging the federal government following an investigation resulted in an SEC whistleblower lawsuit that defendant RPM International attempted to have dismissed. On September 29, however a federal judge in Washington declined to dismiss, and the whistleblower lawsuit will move forward.
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Whistleblower Nets $2.9 Million in Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit

Whistleblower Nets $2.9 Million in Healthcare Fraud Lawsuit October 4, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Columbus, OH: The Department of Justice has announced that Olympia Therapy, Inc. (Olympia), an Ohio nursing home, and its management service provider, Provider Services, Inc. (Provider) have agreed to settle a healthcare fraud lawsuit  brought by Vladimir Trakhter, a former Olympia employee. The case puts a uniquely human face on the damage done by Medicare fraud.
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Is Fired Executive’s Case an SEC Whistleblower Lawsuit? Supreme Court to Decide

Is Fired Executive’s Case an SEC Whistleblower Lawsuit? Supreme Court to Decide September 29, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: A former executive with a real estate investment trust who brought an SEC whistleblower lawsuit against his former employer has seen his case mushroom into a debate over protections for whistleblowers couched in the Dodd-Frank Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Also debated within the lawsuit, which has since been elevated to the US Supreme Court, is the relationship between the various provisions within Dodd-Frank / Sarbanes-Oxley, and those within the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
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Whistleblower Alleges Healthcare Fraud in Lawsuit

Whistleblower Alleges Healthcare Fraud in Lawsuit September 7, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Camden, NJ: A former employee of Cooper Health System in New Jersey has filed a whistleblower healthcare fraud lawsuit after the paramedic claims he was fired for raising concerns about poor treatment of patients, potential billing fraud and other allegations related to regulatory violations.
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Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit Goes After “Up Coding”

Qui Tam Whistleblower Lawsuit Goes After “Up Coding” August 28, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Atlanta, GA: The Medical Center, Navicent Health (“Navicent”) has agreed to pay $2,549,742 to the United States and the State of Georgia to resolve allegations that it violated the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and the Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act by submitting inflated bills for ambulance transportation. The qui tam whistleblower lawsuit that brought about the settlement is significant because it targeted the common practice of “up coding.” Up coding occurs when providers inflate the claims submitted to Medicare or Medicaid by misrepresenting the complexity or emergency nature of services provided.
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Healthcare Fraudsters Caught in Giant DOJ Sweep

Healthcare Fraudsters Caught in Giant DOJ Sweep July 30, 2017. By Brenda Craig.
Washington, DC: Rooting out healthcare fraud is a top priority for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and on July 17, 2017 the DOJ announced a massive $1.3 billion crackdown on healthcare professionals involved in schemes to defraud Medicare, Medicaid and healthcare services for US veterans and their families.
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Labor Department Orders Wells Fargo to Reinstate Whistleblower and Pay $577,000 in Back Wages

Labor Department Orders Wells Fargo to Reinstate Whistleblower and Pay $577,000 in Back Wages July 27, 2017. By Deb Hipp.
San Francisco, CA: The US Department of Labor has ordered Wells Fargo to reinstate a former branch manager whistleblower that the bank fired for reporting bank employees who where secretly opening new accounts for customers without their knowledge or consent.
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