The recent success of Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys Taylor Chenery, John Eason and Brian Roark with Sarah Bogni in their representation of Erlanger Medical Center against False Claims Act (FCA) violations has received coverage in multiple Law360 articles. The articles, published on April 2 and April 11, analyze the decision involving the public disclosure bar in an FCA case.
In United States ex rel. Stratienko v. Chattanooga-Hamilton County Hospital Authority d/b/a Erlanger Medical Center, Stratienko alleged that Erlanger provided improper incentives for referring Medicare and Medicaid patients to the Erlanger system. The team successfully argued that the claims should be dismissed on the grounds that the suit’s allegations were barred due to previous public disclosures about the agreements.