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Whistleblowers help the government recoup $9.3 billion

Compliance Monitor, September 3, 2008

Whistleblowers helped the U.S. government recover $9.3 billion in healthcare fraud cases between 1996 and 2005, according to a report analyzing Department of Justice (DOJ) records.
 
Of the money the government recovered, it then paid more than $1 billion to whistleblowers who, under the law, get 15% to 25% of the amount received in such cases.
 
Whistleblowers initiate over 90% of the government’s healthcare fraud lawsuits, and the DOJ rejects three-quarters of the whistleblower cases presented, according to an Associated Press (AP) article about the report.
 
The report’s authors, Aaron S. Kesselheim of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and David M. Studdert of the University of Melbourne in Australia, expressed an interest in reviewing more whistleblower lawsuits to identify what type of allegations lead to recoveries so that the DOJ can fast-track such cases.
 
To read the full AP article click here.

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