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New Government Numbers for False Claims Act Filings

Additional False Claims Act details have been made available in a joint letter from DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services to Senator Charles Grassley. In that letter, the government recounts that 66 percent of the cases it is investigating involve health care fraud allegations. Of these, 180 cases allege fraud in connection with the pricing and marketing of pharmaceuticals. About 80 of these qui tam cases involve hospitals.

The government also reports that so far in fiscal year 2011 there have been 19 settlements and judgments, totaling more than $1.2 billion.

Also noteworthy to potential whistleblowers is that, according to official tallies, the average time a case remains under seal and pending investigation is only thirteen months. In recent years, the government reports that it has intervened in an average of 22 percent of qui tam cases.

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