States Look Beyond Medicaid With Latest FCA Expansions

Law360, New York (April 30, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT) -- With the federal False Claims Act's recent rise in prominence, several states are working to introduce or enhance state-level anti-fraud statutes to put the same scrutiny on state-level procurements that they apply to federal health programs.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia currently have their own false claims laws allowing whistleblowers to bring private suits on their behalf, and those laws have traditionally focused on Medicaid fraud. But new guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which incentivizes states to match recent amendments expanding the federal FCA, has states scrambling to update their laws, and some are...

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