False Claims Act

 False Claims Act

The False Claims Act is a federal civil fraud statute that dates back to the Civil War. Most importantly this applies to organizations who contract with the U.S. Government and imposes liability on parties who defraud government programs. In fact, this applies to healthcare programs who submit false or fraudulent claims to Medicare or Medicaid. The False Claims Act and opioids has become a major topic in the news.

Protecting Senior Citizens

The Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio recently delivered remarks at the American Bar Association’s 12th National Institute on the Civil False Claims Act. above all, Mr. Panuccio made it clear that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has made protecting senior citizens from fraud and abuse a priority.  In addition, one of Attorney General Sessions’ top priorities is to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.  Opioid abuse has become one of the country’s most pressing public health and safety crises.

False Claims Act

The False Claims Act has proven to be a vital tool in the efforts to advance important Department of Justice priorities.  In fact, Mr. Panuccio stated that the DOJ will “actively employ the False Claims Act [FCA], as well as any other available civil or criminal statute, against any entities involved in the opioid distribution chain who engage in the abuse and illegal diversion of opioids.  This would apply to pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, to pharmacies, to pain management clinics and physicians.”

Above all, it is important for anesthesia groups to understand the False Claims Act.

Click here to read the full remarks of AAG Panuccio at the ABA Conference.