Modern Healthcare looks at what’s behind a spike in investigations launched by prosecutors that sometimes seem to be fishing expeditions.
Healthcare Fraud Probes Grow In Number, Intensity
The possibility of scoring a lucrative healthcare fraud settlement may be spurring broad information requests by the government that look more like “fishing expeditions” than targeted investigations, and as a result are driving up providers’ costs, legal experts said. Healthcare fraud investigations have consistently netted the government more than $2 billion in settlements a year since 2010, with whistleblowers recouping hundreds of millions of that share annually, according to U.S. Justice Department data. A “historic” $6 billion healthcare fraud investigation unveiled last week will likely fuel more federal and state probes. (Kacik, 10/3)
Advocate Aurora Health, Beaumont Health End Merger Plans
Advocate Aurora Health and Beaumont Health have put an end to their discussions around a potential partnership, officials announced