Earlier this month, Mintz Levin’s Health Care Enforcement Defense Group published its most recent Health Care Qui Tam Update that looks at 23 health care-related qui tam cases unsealed in June 2017. The Update provides an in-depth analysis of six cases in which the government intervened, and discusses why these cases are notable in the health care industry.
The Update also provides a summary of the trends revealed in these recently unsealed cases:
- The cases identified were filed in federal district courts in 18 states, including four filed in the active Middle District of Florida.
- Of the cases identified, the federal government intervened, in whole or in part, in eight cases and declined to intervene in 13. There were two cases in which the intervention status could not be determined from the case docket.
- The entities named in the qui tam actions included outpatient medical providers, laboratory testing companies, inpatient hospitals, and medical supply companies.
- In all but three cases, the relators were current or former employees of the defendants.
- Once again, there were long delays in unsealing these cases, with an average time under seal of just over two years and four months. And one case had been under seal for almost nine years.
Click HERE for the full Update and to find our key takeaways from the cases discussed.