Mitigating Your False Claims Risk

July 18, 2019

What is the False Claims Act (FCA) and why do you need to understand it? 

The False Claims Act (FCA) is the government’s primary enforcement weapon against fraud, waste, and abuse. While the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigates false claims, any individual with knowledge of a false claim can make allegations as a whistleblower, or “relator,” and bring a case on behalf of the government.

Federal grantees can face large fines if they are found to have knowingly made a false claim or statement that resulted in a payment from the government. For example, Duke University had to pay $112.5 million after a laboratory research analyst uncovered evidence and made a whistleblower complaint alleging that several colleagues had falsified or fabricated data that served as the basis for federal grant funding. In the health care setting, false claims are often tied to reimbursement claims: claims for services that were never rendered, claims that are more expensive than the procedure performed, and claims for services that were performed, but were not medically necessary.

Designed to help you better understand the FCA in order to prevent costly mistakes and avoid potential legal liability, this webinar will cover key FCA topics, including:

  • What can trigger FCA investigations
  • How to reduce the risk of an investigation
  • Strategies for spotting potential vulnerabilities in your own program
  • What to do if allegations arise, including how not to make matters worse by violating whistleblower protections

We will also use recent FCA cases to explain how emerging trends in DOJ’s pursuit of fraud allegations raise new risks for federal grantees. Given the potential financial consequences, it is crucial for grantees to understand the FCA, the role of whistleblowers, and how to mitigate exposure to fraud investigations or similar legal actions.

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Target Audience

  • In-house counsel
  • C-Suite / Leadership
  • Compliance officers / Risk officers
  • Operations Directors and Managers
  • Grant Managers
  • Billing Managers
  • Researchers and Scientists
  • Other staff involved in writing grant applications or managing grant programs

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be better able to:

  • Discuss common FCA risk areas for federal grant recipients and other trends in DOJ enforcement
  • Understand why whistleblowers make complaints and how the DOJ investigates FCA allegations
  • Identify steps you can take to minimize your organization’s FCA risk or, in the event of an investigation, how to respond
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 Certificate of Attendance
Course opens: 
06/03/2019
Course expires: 
08/18/2019
Event starts: 
07/18/2019 - 1:00pm
Event ends: 
07/18/2019 - 2:30pm

Derek Adams

Derek Adams is a partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP.  He is a member of the firm’s False Claims Act, FIRREA, and Litigation practice groups.  Mr. Adams represents universities, companies, individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and local governments facing a variety of investigations and legal actions under the False Claims Act, and related statutes. [Full Bio]

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Available Credit

  • 1.50 Certificate of Attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
06/03/2019
Course expires: 
08/18/2019
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