Medicare Billing Records Give FCA Whistleblowers New Ammo

By Jeff Overley (January 23, 2014, 6:15 PM EST) -- Medicare's new plan to divulge reams of physician-specific billing data will further strengthen the anti-fraud arsenal of whistleblowers and researchers, according to experts who say the transparency will fortify False Claims Act suits and put additional pressure on regulators to curb overpayments.

The precise impact on public policy and FCA litigation will depend on the type of information that federal regulators release and how eager they are to release it in the face of physician privacy concerns. But lawyers say that pulling back the curtain on previously confidential records can put only more pressure on providers, especially when viewed in conjunction with...

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