For decades, the federal False Claims Act (FCA) has included provisions that rewarded defendants for self-reporting violations to the government. However, these provisions have largely collected dust, until recently. This all changed in 2009 when Congress amended the False Claims Act to reach those defendants who wrongfully keep government overpayments. At the same time, CMS has crafted regulations that require healthcare providers to report such violations within sixty days. The end result has been a flood of self-disclosures that have backlogged the system.
There are still thousands of other providers across the country who are rolling the dice and ignoring their statutory obligations to self-disclose FCA violations. Substantial whistleblower rewards are available to those who successfully expose these dishonest providers.
More information for whistleblowers is located at the Nolan Auerbach & White website.