The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona announced Thursday that Serenity Hospice and Palliative Care, a Phoenix based hospice, will pay $2.2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act when it knowingly submitted false bills to Medicare for hospice services.
"Whistleblower programs are the most effective tool government has to fight fraud" says Burns, "which is why we see their expansion across government. The next step is to move beyond accounting, to true accountability. Fraud is not a victimless crime and it is not an accident. We need to begin holding key executives accountable by either jailing them or excluding them from management positions in corporations doing business with the U.S. Government."
Taking the Penny Pledge is not only a way of showing support for whistleblowers – it’s also a way for law firms and whistleblowers to signal they are planning for success and are committed to making a real difference in this area of the law.
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.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it will make an award of approximately $290,000 to a whistleblower for providing valuable information that led to enforcement action.
September was a busy month for Incentivized Integrity Programs.
Dr. Michael Reilly, the Florida orthopedic surgeon and whistleblower at the center of the recent $69.5 million North Broward Hospital District False Claims Act settlement published an op-ed where he discusses the deleterious role profit plays in our health care system.
Adventist Health has settled its second False Claims Act case in Fiscal Year 2015, continuing a long series of fraud cases settled by this not-for-profit healthcare organization.
The Department of Justice announced that Adventist Health System will pay $118 million to settle allegations that Adventist violated the False Claims Act and the Stark Law when it paid doctors excessive compensation for patient referrals.
In addition to his successful legal career, Mr. Getnick is the cofounder of the Ujima Subukia Fund (USF), a scholarship program for students in rural Kenya. Secondary school education is not free in Kenya, and USF aims to assist students that have the potential to become leaders but have lacked the opportunity. The scholarship program currently enrolls 40 male and female students, each with a guaranteed scholarship for four years of secondary education.