False Claims Act Summary for 2019 – Individual Accountability

The US Justice Department announced on January 9, 2020 that nearly $ 3 billion was recovered by the Department of Justice in False Claims Act cases. While many of the settlements were made by corporations, individuals were also required to settle claims against them for large amounts. In addition to some of the sett...

What is Stark Law and how does it relate to the False Claims Act?

Stark Law is a set of laws that regulate how and under what circumstances physicians can make referrals. The starting point is the doctors cannot refer a patient to any entity where the doctor (or an immediate family member) has a financial interest in the entity and the entity bills Medicare for any treatments or prod...

Exceptions to Stark Law Violations

While Stark Law violations usually lead to allegations a medical practice, hospital, or health entity also violated the False Claims Act; whistleblowers do need to understand that Stark Law does provide for a number of exceptions. These exceptions are meant to cover situations where a physician or health practice is ac...