Pennsylvania Needs a False Claims Act to Fight Fraud
In an excellent op-ed piece written for the Lehigh Valley’s Morning Call, David Williams of Kline & Specter describes why Pennsylvania needs a False Claims Act to combat fraud against the state. Citing a 2005 study by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, Williams notes that fraudulent activities have consumed more than ten percent of Pennsylvania’s healthcare costs. This $1.7 billion lost in Medicaid fraud alone could be reduced if Pennsylvania enacted a strong False Claims Act. The federal False Claims Act has been shown to recover $15 for every $1 invested in healthcare enforcement activities and more than $28 billion has been recovered through the federal False Claims Act. Additionally, more than $7 billion has been recovered under the 27 state False Claims Acts.