In Chicago, a whistleblower helped to uncover that Northwestern Memorial Hospital has have violated the False Claims Act. According to whistleblower Audra Soulias, a former employee at Northwestern University, the hospital and university allegedly double-billed Medicare and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for patient reimbursement.
Whistleblower Soulias filed the false claims suit in November of 2010, and it has recently become unsealed. Soulias additionally alleges that the university hospital laid her off after she began voicing her concerns. The hospital spokesperson has declined to comment, while the university maintains it is not “involved in’ the issue. The case will be heard in December of 2012.
Overbilling and double-billing with respect to Medicare and Medicaid fraud is an example of one of many claims that may be brought by whistleblowers under the False Claims Act. Other examples of False Claims Act violations include but are not limited to: billing for medical services never performed; reporting inaccurate dates and times; knowingly reporting any false information or fraudulent claims to the government or government agencies for payment or reimbursement; or conspiring with others to receive falsely acquired payments from the government.
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