There have been several noteworthy False Claims Act (FCA) settlements in the second quarter of 2023. Continue Reading False Claims Act Settlements to Know from Q2 2023
Jeff Gibson has extensive experience representing clients in complex civil litigation and government investigations across diverse industries, including healthcare, financial services, energy and technology. In addition to maintaining a business litigation practice, he defends individuals and companies facing quasi-criminal civil fraud claims, white collar criminal charges, and compliance violations.
On February 7, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release indicating that settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act (FCA) exceeded $2.2 billion in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022. Of this total, over $1.7 billion came from claims involving the healthcare industry.Continue Reading False Claims Act Settlements to Know from Q1 2023
The third quarter of 2022 brought a number of noteworthy False Claims Act (FCA) settlements, including several over $20 million and one in the high nine figures. This post summarizes key settlements of interest to healthcare providers.
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We recently authored an article for ABA Health eSource, published by the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section, that details the expanded focus on cybersecurity activities by the Department of Justice (DOJ) with the Civil Cyber-Fraud initiative.
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The second quarter of 2022 brought a number of noteworthy False Claims Act (FCA) settlements, including several of $20 million or more. This post summarizes key settlements of interest to healthcare providers.
Continue Reading False Claims Act Settlements to Know from Q2 2022
In recent years, the federal government has been particularly aggressive in pursuing civil and criminal enforcement against healthcare entities. The way healthcare companies conduct internal investigations so may mean the difference between a manageable resolution and staggering civil or criminal liability.
Continue Reading Key Considerations: How to Conduct an Effective Internal Investigation
The False Claims Act encourages whistleblowers to come forward when they suspect their employer is committing fraud. This post provides a general overview of the False Claims Act’s anti-retaliation provision, which protects whistleblowers from being retaliated against when they do so.
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Healthcare is one of the most highly regulated industries in the country and providers of all types will eventually be called to action, whether it be responding to an investigation, conducting a compliance review, or proceeding with a self-disclosure. Bass, Berry & Sims has designed the Healthcare How-To Instructional Webinar Series to provide simple step-by-step instructions and best practices for responding accurately and efficiently while avoiding bad tactics, questionable strategies, and unnecessary risk, which can create problems and less than ideal outcomes.
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The False Claims Act, 31 U.S. C. § 3729, et seq., is the federal government’s most important and most effective tool for fighting fraud. This post provides a high-level overview of the False Claims Act and highlights key aspects of this statute.
Continue Reading False Claims Act Fundamentals: What Is the False Claims Act?
There is a new weapon in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) already powerful False Claims Act (FCA) arsenal. In October 2021, the DOJ announced a new Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative, under which it will pursue FCA liability against government contractors in the cybersecurity space. According to the announcement from Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, the initiative seeks to “hold accountable entities or individuals that put U.S. information or systems at risk by knowingly providing deficient cybersecurity products or services, knowingly misrepresenting their cybersecurity protocols, or knowingly violating obligations to monitor and report cybersecurity incidents and breaches.”
Overview of the Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative
The Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative follows several significant cyberattacks, which are only becoming more prevalent. The new initiative is the first formal step DOJ has taken in combatting them by focusing on the preventative cybersecurity efforts of government contractors.Continue Reading DOJ Expands False Claims Act Reach into Cybersecurity