In New FCA World, Anyone's A Whistleblower

Law360, New York (November 21, 2013, 7:55 PM EST) -- Health care providers already swamped by rank-and-file staffers launching False Claims Act suits are now coming under siege by new and unexpected whistleblowers, from consultants and in-house counsel to high-ranking executives, creating fresh pressure to respond swiftly and decisively to fraud allegations, experts say.

One of the most closely watched cases ended in August with a $26 million settlement by Florida-based Shands Healthcare, whose hospitals were accused by an outside consultant of bilking Medicare by improperly charging for costly inpatient services.

Hospital billing practices are increasingly...
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