Although this course focuses on healthcare fraud, the principals are applicable to anyone who suspects, or is aware of, fraud against the U.S. government.
The course covers:
The instructor welcomes you to the course. Although this program focuses on healthcare fraud, the principles pertain to anyone and any industry that does business with the government. The course will cover:
The course provides several quizzes that will assess your understanding of the material.
In this lecture we look at the scope and variety of various healthcare schemes. After this section you understand how this illegal activity undermines the nation's economy and the health of our citizens. Please don't forget to read the piece from The Economist which is included with the supplemental resources.
After this lesson you will be able to determine if fraud is being conducted in your workplace. The required elements of fraud are described. You will be able to evaluate potential situations and determine whether you are witnessing inefficiency and incompetence-- or criminal fraud. You will also be able to differentiate the key differences between criminal and civil law.
These questions check for understanding of fraud and how it is defined under the law.
After this lecture, you will understand that most healthcare providers are honest. However, you will also have a better understanding of how some of these schemes are devised. Specifically:
As always, spend time with the supplemental resources included with most lectures. They amplify and enhance your learning experience.
A review of the most common scams in healthcare.
This is a self-guided exercise. It is basically a slide show of recent cases of note.There is no audio or video. Please read and work your way through the slides. Upon completion of this section you should build on previous information regarding the nature of today's healthcare environment. For example:
As always, I encourage you to spend time with the additional resources accompanying these lectures.
Of particular interests will be the 2010 60 Minutes broadcast about "whistleblower" Cheryl Eckard and her issues with pharmaceutical giant Glaxco and its subsidiaries. She and her attorneys sued for providing unsafe and diluted drugs to federal health programs. Her "bounty" was in the neighborhood of $96 million.
You are introduced to the legal concept of qui tam. It means "he who sues for himself as well as the king." You will learn how this concept developed over the centuries. You will be able to articulate the implications qui tam has for the prevention of healthcare fraud.
Supplemental materials include an annotated Congressional Research Service report that amplifies the material from the main lecture.
Here you will learn about the history and evolution of the False Claims Act (FCA). As the primary tool used for fighting fraud against the government, it provides private attorneys a financial incentive to use their own resources to pursue fraudulent operators on behalf of the government.
You will also understand why this legislation is often referred to as the "Whistleblower Law."
In this case we analyze a successful qui tam lawsuit. This example will illustrate the nature of evidence needed to successfully prevail in a case. You will also understand why such lawsuits can take so much time to resolve and realities of being harassed once you are identified as a "whistleblower."
Here we will continue the analysis of our case study (Extendicare). By the end of this lecture you will understand how their fraud was committed, how the preliminary complaint was constructed, and the importance of a detailed, accurate, building block approach to making your case.
A review of the U.S. and Tracy Lovvorn vs. Extendicare
In this section you will learn about the legal protections provided to so-called "whistleblowers." It is important to note that these protections are not proactive. Section H of the False Claims Act is discussed. This is the primary legal mechanism for defending you against harassment or termination.
You will learn of the crucial importance of confidentiality when dealing with your attorney. The importance of the "race to the court house," and how contingency agreements are generally arranged. The types of information your attorney will request is also covered.
The "lecture" basically consists of two YouTube links to law firms. These attorneys do a fine job of explaining what has to happen in order to succeed with your qui tam claim. Your work will be key in gathering the information needed. The quantity and quality of the information you provide will be a key factor is the government's decision to join or decline your case.
Here you will understand the importance of knowing what you are getting into should you decide to report healthcare fraud. It can take an emotional and economic toll. You can expect retaliation once you are identified as a whistleblower. Depression, nightmares and alcohol abuse are often part of the package. Several external sources are provided that discuss the downside of having the courage to "do the right thing..."
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I have taught graduate-level security management as an adjunct faculty member of Webster University. I served 20 years in the United States Air Force in a number of capacities, including security, intelligence, and air operations. I have also served as a logistics advisor to two foreign governments (Canada and the Republic of Singapore)
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Education includes a BA (summa cum laude) in Criminal Justice from Rowan University and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Troy State University.
I am board certified in security management and hold the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) credential under the auspices of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS, International)
Additionally, I maintain the credential of Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) under the auspices of the International Foundation for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS).
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