Prevent a False Claims Act Lawsuit.
In June of 2018, Caris Healthcare agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a false claims act lawsuit. The settlement resolved allegations that Caris Healthcare admitted and recertified patients for hospice care who were ineligible for the hospice benefit. The allegations against Caris originated from a registered nurse whistleblower who was a former employee.
What I find most interesting from the government’s press release, is it sounds as if the whole disastrous lawsuit could have possibly been prevented if the organization had noticed the whistleblower warning signs.
In one study, The National Whistleblower Center, found that 89.7% of whistleblowers first reported their concerns internally to supervisors or compliance personnel before blowing the whistle. And this case was no different.
Download my free eBrief, Common Activities that Lead to Whistleblowing (and How to Avoid Them), to learn how to:
- See the Signs that Lead to Whistleblowing
- Prevent Whistleblowing as a Result of Retaliation
- Create a Compliance Program That Responds to Concerns