Healthlaw Publishing announces the upcoming release of Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey. Registration is available now for free downloading of the survey report.
Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey summarizes the important laws, regulations, pronouncements, and cases of the past year, to inform healthcare providers and healthcare attorneys on this crucial statute in the healthcare industry.
On Dec. 14, 2016, the United States Department of Justice announced the recovery of more than $4.7 billion in False Claims Act (“FCA”) settlements and judgments. It was the third-highest total in history, and more than $2.5 billion came from the healthcare industry. During the eight years of the Obama Administration, the Department of Justice recovered more than $31 billion in FCA settlements and judgments, taking more than $19.3 billion from healthcare providers and other participants in the healthcare industry.
2016 was a pivotal year for the FCA. It was the year of a tremendously important Supreme Court decision that could expose healthcare providers to whole new areas of FCA liability based upon state and federal regulations. The penalties were more than doubled to a minimum of more than $11,000 per claim and a maximum of more than $22,000 per claim, massively increasing both the risk of litigation and the likelihood of settling FCA cases even in the absence of wrongdoing. And it saw a new focus on the investigation and even the criminal indictment of individuals involved with entities sued under the FCA. 2016 also saw new regulations and new court interpretations of laws first put in place in 2009 and 2010 to turbocharge the FCA and encourage greater participation by whistleblowers.