Fraud tip-offs really paid off

The Associated Press
Nov 24 2006

WASHINGTON — Whistle-blowers tipped off the government to $1.3 billion worth of fraud cases over the last year, largely at hospitals or other healthcare providers, the Justice Department said this week.

Whistle-blowers were paid $190 million over the year for alerting the government to the fraud. In all, the department recovered a record $3.1 billion in settlements from individuals and companies during the 2006 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

The largest settlement, worth $920 million, came against Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. Following claims from six whistle-blowers, prosecutors accused Tenet of overbilling the government for $806 million in Medicare payments and paying $49 million in kickbacks to doctors who referred patients to the chain.

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robert s. nixAugust 26th, 2007 at 4:48 pm

my mother wanted a welfare check.
i was about 32.
she thought that since i was in love i might leave and ten she wouldn’t get a ssi check.

she went to the local mental health center and told them i was suicidal.

they applied ect and the strongest drug clozaril only meant for suicidal severe schizophrenics.

i was incapacitated for 10 years.

i have lasting brain damage.

does anyone suggest anything?

JasonDecember 1st, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Ask Jesus Christ in to your heart and life he can give your mind back he did for me he will for you !!!

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