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Federal Whistleblower Claim Targets Independent Health and a Subsidiary Company

Independent Health and one of its subsidiary companies, DxID, were recently sued in a federal whistleblower case. The plaintiff, Tera Ross, is a former medical billing manager at Group health Cooperative in Seattle. The lawsuit charges the defendants with using false risk adjustment information to maximize their claims amounts from the U.S. government. Ross claims Read More

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Department of Health and Human Services Accuses Hospital in Vermont of Unlawfully Forcing Nurse to Participate in Abortion

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office for Civil Rights recently accused the University of Vermont Medical Center of violating federal law by forcing a nurse to participate in an elective abortion. According to office director Roger Severino, UVMC scheduled the nurse to be a part of the procedure despite having previously Read More

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Mallinckrodt Will Pay $15 Million to Settle Whistleblower Suit

Mallinckrodt, a pharmaceutical company, recently agreed to pay more than $15 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (its former name) paid illegal kickbacks to doctors in the forms of entertainment and dinners to encourage them to prescribe the company’s H.P. Acthar Gel. The alleged wrongdoing occurred between 2009 through 2013. The lawsuit Read More

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First FCA Payout Over Cybersecurity Goes to Cisco Whistleblower

Cisco Systems Inc. recently agreed to a significant settlement after a whistleblower filed a lawsuit claiming the company improperly sold video surveillance software that had known weaknesses to federal and state government agencies. The case marks the very first time a False Claims Act resulted in a payout over failure to adhere to proper cybersecurity Read More

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CFTC Whistleblower Awards Continue at Brisk Pace

The whistleblower program of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has recently handed out several awards, continuing a recent trend of awards coming from the commission at a fast pace. The CFTC most recently announced a $2 million award to a pair of whistleblowers whose information through multiple interviews and provided documents allowed a significant Read More

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Federal Judge Denies Request to Drop Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed Against CVS Caremark

A federal judge has denied a request by Aetna to drop a whistleblower lawsuit against CVS Caremark that alleges the company overbilled Medicare to the tune of more than $1 billion for prescription drugs. Aetna is the insurance company that recently merged with CVS, and it has been embroiled in a legal battle to dismiss Read More

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Identifying and Reporting a Ponzi Scheme

It is hard to believe, but we have now passed the 10-year anniversary of the federal government bringing down Bernie Madoff’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. This scheme did ultimately do some good, as it led to Congress enacting the whistleblower program at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), but many people lost a whole lot of Read More

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Curo Health Services Subsidiary Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $5.9 Million

SouthernCare Inc., a subsidiary of Curo Health Services, recently agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle a federal whistleblower lawsuit alleging the company submitted unnecessary or insufficiently documented Medicare claims. SouthernCare Inc. is a hospice provider that operates across nine states. It settled the allegations in December before the case could go to trial. The Read More

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