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According to a new study by Jaron H. Wilde and other researchers at the University of Iowa, whistleblower-initiated investigations in the financial sector:
A new study by Dr. Genevieve Pham-Kanter of Drexel University claims that 65% of patients in the US, "visited a doctor within the last year who had received payments or gifts from pharmaceutical or medical device companies."
Last week Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri (D), asked to recieve information on senior managers in federal agencies who may have retaliated against whistleblowers.
The team of fraud-fighters assembled by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in the Southern District of New York continues to rack up the victories.
The U.S. Government is investigating Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis for providing kickbacks to doctors. The U.S. has asked for records for around 80,000 events where doctors were treated to fine food and drink. The company described these events as “educational” though it is suspected that these were actually illegal kickbacks.
A hospice owner in Texas regularly directed nurses to overdose hospice patients to avoid having to pay back the government if a hospice patient lived longer than the six month eligibility cap
The first settlement under the program was announced on March 30, 2015. The program settled thirty-nine cases in FY2015 totaling some $342 million in penalties collected.
Stir two other ingredients into the mix: seniors with spare time on their hands, a number of whom are sure to be do-gooders, and a “Senior Medicare Patrol” program sounded like a sure-fire winner to stop fraud.
Take a look, False Claims Act fraudsters are among Uncle Sam’s favorite companies!
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman proposed The Financial Frauds Whistleblower Act this week that would provide financial compensation to whistleblowers who voluntarily report fraud in their industry, and whose tips lead to more than $1 million in penalties or settlement proceeds.