BC Advantage - 2013 Issue 10

The False Claims Act: What to Know, What to Do

By: Julie Sheppard, BSN, JD, CHCOriginally enacted during the Civil War, the federal False Claims Act (FCA), also known as Lincoln's Law, is one of the five major fraud and abuse laws.  Although its original intent was to protect the government from fraud related to selling supplies to the Union Army, today it protects against charges to federal Healthcare programs for inadequate or unnecessary care.  While the law has evolved over its 150 years existence, it was strengthened in 2009 leading to a record breaking $2.3 billion brought in by whistleblower settlements and judgments in 2011...

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