BC Advantage - 2017 Issue 1

DOJ Announces $4.7billion in False Claims Act Recoveries: But What Does That Really Mean

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that it had recovered $4.7 billion in False Claims settlements and judgments making it the "third best year" in "False Claims Act History." Trumpeted by many as a return to DOJ's record setting years, an examination of the numbers over time reveals that healthcare recoveries have actually been remarkably consistent over the past seven years, and that then they say more about the emphasis DOJ places on resolving "big" cases than they do about overall fraud enforcement.A Dependence on Large CasesBig settlements make for impressive press releases and are...

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