Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Brian Roark provided insights on the increased enforcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) related to False Claims Act (FCA) allegations within the healthcare industry. As cited in the article, the DOJ recovered $2.3 billion from false claims investigations involving federal healthcare programs in 2014. Brian attributes the heightened enforcement to two main reasons, "1) healthcare spending represents a large portion of government outlay, and 2) the return on investment is noteworthy when comparing resources spent to recoveries gained." The article also details the DOJ's decision to pursue criminal investigations against defendants in many of the cases.
The full article, "Feds Make Fraud Enforcement a Top Priority," was published on the Medical News website on August 13 and is available online.