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February 25, 2011

Many may believe that they can fly under the radar when scamming the government, thinking that the amount that they take is so small that it will go unnoticed. The government, however, has other ideas and takes schemes to defraud the American taxpayers very seriously. Several medical professionals recently learned just how serious the government protects taxpayer money.

In an effort to crack down on Medicare fraud, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force arrested and charged 111 people for... Read More

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January 28, 2011

Implanting Defective Cardiac Devices Compromised Patient Safety, Says DOJ

Thanks to yet another qui tam action under the False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is working to recoup federal dollars from a medical device manufacturer for implanting defective devices in Medicare patients.

A recipient of one of the defective devices sued Guidant and Boston Scientific (who bought Guidant in 2006) in a whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2008. The complaint alleges that... Read More

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December 14, 2010

According to a recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many forms of cancer are caught at late stages, making the diseases difficult to treat.

The CDC report found that almost half of cervical and colorectal cancers (colon cancer or large bowel cancer) and a third of breast-cancer cases are caught at late stages.

With the prevalence of screening tests available at doctors' offices across the country, one cannot but help wonder why... Read More

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November 12, 2010

Over three billion dollars in stolen money was recovered by the U.S. Department of Justice in fiscal year 2010 - stolen money that was tracked down thanks to whistleblowers.

According to the advocacy group Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund, more than 80 percent of all successful recoveries under the False Claims Act are due to whistleblower reports. The False Claims Act allows third parties, or whistleblowers, to sue contractors suspected of committing fraud against the... Read More

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October 28, 2010

A proposed overhaul of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) process for approving medical devices is under debate by the medical device industry and consumer advocacy groups.

About 90 percent of medical devices in the U.S. gain clearance under an FDA program called 510(k), which is intended to speed approval for products considered to have a moderate safety risk and to be similar to devices already cleared for sale in the U.S. This is a faster and cheaper way for medical-... Read More

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October 14, 2010

Hospitals, doctors and insurance companies are taking a cue from generations of parents who have advised their children to "learn from their mistakes." By studying past medical malpractice lawsuits, insurers and health care providers are learning common patterns in medical cases and creating programs to help reduce future medical mistakes.

Medical malpractice claims represent only a fraction of all medical situations and cases, but "they are reflective of deeply rooted problems that... Read More

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September 03, 2010

Anyone who discovers that the United States government is being defrauded can file a whistleblower lawsuit on government's behalf, under the "qui tam" provision of the False Claims Act of 1863. If private citizens have insiders' knowledge of fraud, they can sue companies (or individuals) suspected of such fraud in order to help recover the government's stolen dollars.

Several whistleblowers did just that when they filed suits alleging that Allergan Inc., the pharmaceutical... Read More

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August 30, 2010

As bicycling continues to grow in popularity across the country, biking advocates have increased their efforts to get bike-friendly street designs incorporated into urban planning. They have also intensified their efforts to educate cyclists about biking safety as a proactive way of reducing accidents and collisions resulting in injuries and fatalities.

Everyone agrees that the best thing bicyclists can do to protect themselves is to wear a helmet. According to the National Highway... Read More

August 30, 2010

As bicycling continues to grow in popularity across the country, biking advocates have increased their efforts to get bike-friendly street designs incorporated into urban planning. They have also intensified their efforts to educate cyclists about biking safety as a proactive way of reducing accidents and collisions resulting in injuries and fatalities.

August 09, 2010

In summer, swimming is one of the best ways to get exercise and have good, clean fun at the same time. However, it's important to be aware of potential injury hazards -- and how to prevent injuries -- when swimming in a public or private pool.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that swimmers look for certain features before entering a swimming pool.

Fences: swimming pools should be completely enclosed by a fence that includes a self-closing, self-latching gate.... Read More
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