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November 2017 Archives

Progressive units agree to $2 million False Claims Act settlement

A whistleblower will receive more than $600,000 after federal authorities obtained a $2 million+ settlement from Progressive Insurance in relation to alleged Medicare and Medicaid fraud. Progressive Casualty Insurance Co., of Cleveland, Ohio, and Progressive Garden State Insurance Co., of West Trenton, New Jersey, improperly submitted claims under the company's "health first" auto insurance policies.

Whistleblower: Clinics billed Medicaid for unlicensed treatment

A whistleblower has filed suit against a chain of Massachusetts mental health care centers, claiming the company defrauded the state and federal governments of $130 million. The accusation is that the company allowed "unlicensed, unqualified, and unsupervised employees" to treat patients. Doing so would be in clear violation of Medicaid regulations and requirements, the suit says.

New protections for VA whistleblowers

President Trump has signed into law legislation that strengthens whistleblower protections at the VA. The legislation is called the Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection, named after a 38-year-old Wisconsin psychologist who was fired (and then committed suicide) after having revealed that the Tomah VA facility had been overprescribing opioid medications to veterans.

Vitas Healthcare to pay $75 million in False Claims Act case

Vitas Healthcare and its parent company Chemed Corporation have reached a record settlement in a federal False Claims Act case. Vitas and Chemed admit no wrongdoing but have agreed to settle the case for $75 million.

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