Georgia does have a state False Claims Act. Whistleblowers may file claims of fraud, waste or abuse affecting state government. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services rates Georgia’s FCA at least as strong as the federal FCA when it comes to Medicaid Fraud claims. If you have a whistleblower claim, please contact us so that a lawyer may advise you about your whistleblower rights under the state FCA as well as qui tam provisions of the federal False Claims Act.
Georgia Whistleblower and Qui Tam News
- CFO whistleblower critical to DOJ kickback settlement with Georgia hospital
June 4, 2015 – The United States has settled a lawsuit with Health Management Associates and the former HMA-owned Clearview Regional Medical Center in Georgia for $595,155, according to the Department of Justice. As part of the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act, former CFO Ralph D. Williams will receive $119,031 from the U.S.’s portion of the settlement, according to the June 4 release.
- Georgia Hospital Pays $20 Million To Settle Medicare Fraud Allegations
May 8, 2015 – The Medical Center of Central Georgia will pay the U.S. $20 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by overbilling Medicare through a scheme that charged the federal health care program for expensive inpatient services when those services should have been provided as less costly outpatient or observational procedures, the U.S. Justice Department said. This settlement resolves a federal investigation of Medical Center of Central Georgia’s inpatient admission practices, which determined that the hospital knowingly charged Medicare for medically unnecessary inpatient admissions so that it could charge Medicare more and profit more.
- U.S., Georgia Hospital Settle Whistleblower Medicare Fraud Case For $8 Million
July 31, 2013 – A Georgia long-term acute-care hospital and its managing company have agreed to pay the U.S. government $8 million to settle a whistleblower’s allegations that they were involved in a scheme to defraud Medicare between 2003 and 2009. Darlene Tucker, was a former administrator at Southern Crescent Hospital for Specialty Care, Inc. (Southern Crescent) in Riverdale, Ga., filed a whistleblower complaint under the False Claims Act (FCA), which allows individuals to sue on behalf of the U.S. government when they witness fraud, mismanagement, abuse and other wrongdoing against taxpayer-funded government agencies and programs and share in the recovery.
- Georgia Bus Manufacturer Will Compensate Worker Fired For Expressing Safety Concerns
July 24, 2011 – A former employee of Georgia-based school bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corp. will receive $176,000 in back wages and interest after being illegally terminated for refusing to work under unsafe conditions and reporting the safety concerns to labor officials. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a Blue Bird maintenance worker was ordered to use a bucket lift truck to hang Christmas wreaths for the company. Not familiar with the operation of the bucket truck, the worker requested training in the equipment’s operation. Instead of receiving the proper training, however, a dispute erupted with company management over the training, which led to the worker being fired.