Michigan Health Care Legal Blog
Last year, the United States spent more than $700 billion to provide Medicare benefits for people age 65 and above. It is important for Michigan physicians and health system management to understand that an investment of that size is going to be protected by federal law enforcement agencies.
One of their most powerful protection tools is the Anti-Kickback Statute, which prohibits paying, offering, soliciting or receiving compensation to induce patient referrals for services covered by Medicare, Medicaid or Tricare.
Another powerful tool: whistleblower lawsuits filed by private citizens on behalf of the government involving allegations of fraud against federal programs such as Medicare. The plaintiff can be entitled to a portion of a settlement resolving the matter.
The Department of Justice recently settled a whistleblower lawsuit for what “appears to be the largest settlement in a case brought against a hospital for kickbacks paid to a single physician,” an attorney representing the plaintiff said