The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee has an active Affirmative Civil Enforcement practice, including investigating lawsuits filed by whistleblowers (who are also known as “relators”) under the False Claims Act. According to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, “Nashville is home to a diverse health care cluster with leaders in a number of industry niches that impact the health care landscape locally, nationally and internationally. More than 250 health care companies are headquartered in the Nashville region, making health care the region's largest industry. Sixteen publicly traded health care companies call Nashville home, with combined employment of nearly 400,000 and $70 billion in global revenue..” (http://www.nashvilleareainfo.com/homepage/target-industries/health-care)
According to the Nashville Health Care Council:
- The Nashville health care industry contributes an overall economic benefit of nearly $30 billion and more than 200,000 jobs to the local economy annually.
- Globally, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than $70 billion in revenue and more than 400,000 jobs.
- More than 250 health care companies have operations in Nashville and work on a multistate, national or international basis. Nashville is also home to more than 300 professional service firms (e.g., accounting, architecture, finance, legal) that provide expertise in the health care industry.
- Fifteen publicly traded health care companies are located in Nashville. HCA’s 2011 return to Wall Street marked the largest-ever U.S. private equity-backed public offering.
- The health care industry is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer, directly employing 110,000, an increase of more than 20 percent from 90,000 jobs in 2004.
- A survey of Nashville Health Care Council member CEOs shows great confidence in the Nashville market; 95 percent indicated that a Nashville headquarters location is important to their company’s positive performance.
- Nearly $1 billion in venture capital was invested in Nashville health care companies from 2001-2011.
The Middle District of Tennessee also is home to hundreds of businesses that provide ancillary support to hospitals, health facilities and physician practice groups. Nashville and its surrounding communities thus are home to health care administration companies that focus on maximizing billing for services, as opposed to companies that focus on pharmaceuticals or healthcare procedures. As such, it is a high risk area for healthcare fraud.
Click here to report whistleblower information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click this link for the Department of Justice Primer on the False Claims Act: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/civil/legacy/2011/04/22/C-FRAUDS_FCA_Primer.pdf
|Note: The United States Attorney’s Office does not represent or provide legal advice to whistleblowers. If you believe you have evidence of fraud against a government program, you should consult an attorney. Whistleblowers who file suit under the False Claims Act must be represented by an attorney.|