Look for more large cases involving False Claims Act
Regarding several recent articles involving the federal probe of cardiac procedures (“More than 450 hospitals pay over $250 million in cardiac-device investigation,” ModernHealthcare.com, Oct. 30), like it or hate it, the number of False Claims Act prosecutions is increasing. More importantly, the sophistication of those claims is also increasing.
As noted in one of the stories, this is the “first time the government has undertaken such a large investigation based on a legal theory that holds hospitals accountable for the medical decisionmaking of their staff.”
As an attorney at a law firm that han- dles many Medicare fraud cases, I can say that there other similar cases in the pipeline. Hospitals are forewarned.
Brian Mahany Principal Mahany Law