False Claims Act (or Whistleblower Law) Healthcare Investigation and Litigation
Key Take Away:
Attend this webinar to understand the framework of the False Claims Act (or whistleblower statute), the procedures for filing a False Claims Act case, and the importance in protecting the court’s seal.
A whistleblower or qui tam action can provide financial rewards to individuals who provide information that a company or individual has defrauded the government. The primary statutes under which this relief may be sought are the federal and state False Claims Acts (“FCAs”).
State and federal governments pay hundreds of billions of dollars each year for pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, hospital care, and nursing home care through Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs. Thus, the False Claims Acts are often applied in the health care industry to fight fraud, and specifically fraud committed by hospitals, pharmacists, pharmacies, medical centers, physicians and healthcare professionals.
Whistleblowers who report this fraud receive 15-25% of the amount recovered.
Why should you attend:
Much confusion lies around the whistleblower laws or claims brought under the False Claims Act. A whistleblower or qui tam action can provide financial rewards to individuals who provide information that a company or individual has defrauded the government. To the contrary, if the government finds that you have engaged in fraud against the government and you could be potentially named in a whistleblower suit and be prosecuted civilly and/or criminally.
Areas Covered in this Webinar:
Because state and federal governments pay hundreds of billions of dollars each year for healthcare, fraud waste and abuse are particularly rampant in the healthcare industry. This webinar will discuss the pros/cons of bringing a case and important information you should bring to the attention of the government and the attorney representing you.
• The elements of a False Claims Act case will be explained
• Types of False Claims Act cases brought in healthcare settings
• Examples of False Claims Act cases that have been successful and have recovered money for the government and rewarded whistleblowers for reporting fraud
• Tools to be used to spot a potential whistleblower case and documentation needed to report the case
Who Will Benefit:
• Compliance Directors
• Privacy and Security Officers
• Information Systems Managers
• HIPAA Officers
• Chief Information Officers
• Health Information Managers
• Healthcare Counsel/lawyers
• Office Managers
• Contracts Managers
• Medical Staff
Shauna Itri is a shareholder at Berger & Montague, PC concentrating her practice on complex litigation, specifically representing whistleblowers in qui tam law suits in state and federal courts throughout the United States and tax and securities whistleblowers with claims under the IRS and SEC whistleblower programs. Ms. Itri has worked on a variety of whistleblower cases involving fraud, waste and abuse on the government, including a series of whistleblower cases against large drug companies for fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid drug pricing which has returned well over $1 billion to state and federal governments.
Ms. Itri received a B.A. and an M.A. from Stanford University. While attending Stanford University, Ms. Itri captained the Stanford University Women´s Soccer Team. Ms. Itri is presently an adjunct professor, teaching a white collar crime and corporate deviance course at Widener University (and formerly Villanova University).
Ms. Itri was named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star" from 2010-2014 by Philadelphia Magazine after an extensive nomination and polling process. She was selected as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" by the Legal Intelligencer in 2013 and was placed on Philadelphia´s First Judicial District´s 2010 Roll of Honor for Pro Bono Service for her service in the community, including acting as a volunteer attorney for the Education Law Center, Veterans Pro Bono Consortium, the Homeless Advocacy Project, and HIAS.
Shauna was a board member, director of Development, and Chief Operating Officer of the Junior League of Philadelphia, an organization of approximately 800 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of woman and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.