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February 2018 Archives

Whistleblower awarded roughly $2.9 million in MRI scan lawsuit

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.

Proposal would slash Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave benefits

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.

Whistleblower uncovers 'Pill Mill' scheme in chiropractic clinics

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).

Scores of sexual harassment claims in University of Wisconsin system

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.

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