We read recently in a publication for Human Resources professionals a headline that was apparently intended to poke a little fun at a Wisconsin worker. The man had requested leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act and been denied and fired. Here's the headline that ran in HR Morning: "Can an employee take FMLA leave for the death of a pet? Court weighs in."
The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a settlement in a pharmacogenomics whistleblower lawsuit. Pharmacogenomic testing analyzes a patient's genetic makeup to help identify the proper drugs and doses of the drugs that may provide the best benefit for the individual patient's condition.
It has been 28 years since Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act. The landmark legislation pushed businesses to recognize that people with disabilities have rights, too.
We have discussed a variety of ways that healthcare providers may try to bend the rules to obtain more money from programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Upcoding is a common issue in healthcare fraud. This occurs when the provider uses the billing code assigned to a more expensive procedure or service than was actually provided. Charging the government for services that were never provided is also common. An interesting twist that seems to fall somewhere between these two common kings of healthcare fraud schemes arose in a recent whistleblower lawsuit on the East Coast.
Under a recent proposal in the Wisconsin State Assembly, some part-time workers would lose Family and Medical Leave benefits. The proposal would allow businesses to deny benefits to those who work between 19 and 24 hours per week.
A chiropractic management company operating four pain clinics in Tennessee has agreed to settle a whistleblower lawsuit involving opioid prescriptions. A former office manager for the chiropractic and pain management company noticed medical and billing discrepancies. The worker brought the information forward in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the federal False Claims Act (FCA).
A culture of sexual harassment has existed for decades at far too many businesses in Milwaukee and across the nation. Unfortunately, it has become apparent in recent days that even students and faculty at Wisconsin's universities have been subjected to sexual harassment, retaliation, sexual assault and other forms of misconduct.