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Kathleen Fisher authors Law360 article

Law360 published an article by Graves Garrett Partner Kathleen Fisher titled “Innoculate Yourself Against FCA Whistleblowers.” In the commentary, Fisher explains that the Affordable Care Act expands the reach of the False Claims Act and then offers extensive advice to health care leaders on proactively facing the issue.

“Recent news of health care providers paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in false claims lawsuits demonstrates the seriousness of the issue. As the industry braces for the FCA’s intensified impact, health care professionals should focus on preventing qui tam actions while also preparing to swiftly and effectively react to potential claims,” Fisher wrote in the article.

The FCA financially incentivizes whistleblowers, often employees of a medical practice or hospital, to bring suits against individuals or businesses that knowingly submit false claims for payment to the government. In the article, Fisher gave in-depth details on the ways in which preventative steps – including careful hiring decisions, regular training, routine audits and a proper response plan if allegations surface – are imperative to health care professionals.

Fisher’s practice includes defending and prosecuting False Claims Act claims, and her experience in the area fueled the advice she provided health care leaders in the article.

 

Graves Garrett LLC represents businesses and individuals nationwide in commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense litigation and compliance and internal investigations. The firm is led by former U.S. Attorney Todd Graves and former federal prosecutor and FBI Special Agent Nathan Garrett. 


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