Justice Dept probes Broward Health over allegations of medicare fraud

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By Karla Bowsher, BrowardBulldog.org - A whistleblower apparently sparked the ongoing federal anti-kickback inquiry into allegations of false Medicare and Medicaid claims at Broward Health.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agents surfaced the probe in May 2011 with a subpoena demanding records related to the public health care system’s business dealings with more than two-dozen doctors.

“We have reason to believe there’s a whistleblower,” said Broward Health General Counsel Sam Goren. He explained that belief is “based on the nature of the subpoena and its substance,” as well as the experience of Broward Health’s Washington, D.C. lawyers.

Under the False Claims Act, private individuals with knowledge of fraud against the government can blow the whistle – and seek rewards – by filing a lawsuit on its behalf. By law, such lawsuits are brought under seal to allow the Department of Justice time to investigate and decide whether to help prosecute the lawsuit.

An HHS official declined to say whether a whistleblower is involved in the Broward Health case.

BrowardBulldog.org, however, has learned that HHS agents are conducting the current civil inquiry jointly with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami.

Read more>>> http://www.browardbulldog.org/2013/01/broward-health-believes-whistleblower-is-behind-anti-kickback-probe-justice-department-involved/

Note: The BrowardBulldog is led by its’ founder, Dan Christensen. Christensen is an award winning former investigative reporter for The Miami Herald and Daily Business Review, and one of South Florida’s most experienced reporters.  The reports they publish are strictly from their own investigations.

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