In New FCA World, Anyone's A Whistleblower

By Jeff Overley (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 fodder for FCA suits, and as a result, it's common for providers to bring in...

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