Public Databases Increase Qui Tam Risk for Healthcare Providers

By | Subject to Inquiry | December 9, 2014
Public Databases Increase Qui Tam Risk for Healthcare Providers

In 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released two new sources of data that are intended to increase transparency related to federal payments to physicians. They also, however, present a risk of being used by whistleblowers and attorneys to support qui tam lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act (FCA), the Anti-Kickback Act or the Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly called the Stark Law.