In early January 2017, both The Arizona Republic and Cronkite News reported on a problem our law office knows all too well, prescription fraud. It’s something that has plagued Arizona and other states across the nation for years. Unfortunately, it appears to be getting worse, which could subsequently trigger a rise in Qui tam/False Claims Act Litigation.
It’s an area of federal law meant to protect people who help bust prescription fraud operations and similar criminal organizations. Extensive details about the act and its various modifications are found in law books within the Offices of the United States Attorneys. As the laws are currently written, they require certain standards to be met.
For example, let’s imagine that a receptionist in a doctor’s office feels the need to send a fraud alert in to the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy but worries that she’ll be fired or worse for whistle blowing. She may need to provide copies of the documents that triggered the need for an alert to a Qui Tam/False Claim Act Attorney. Why show the documents to a Qui Tam/False Claim Act Attorney?
Simply put, upon review, the attorney may request that the initial investigation be conducted without the doctor or board’s knowledge. Consequently, the receptionist would not have to fear job loss or other retaliation. We should also mention that in addition to offering protection, the laws enable some litigants to be rewarded for their efforts. Accordingly, the rewards may also alleviate any concerns whistleblowers may have about potential losses of income.
With that in mind, we encourage anyone thinking about sending a fraud alert to the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy to contact Ashley D. Adams in Scottsdale first. Ashley D. Adams is a Qui Tam Attorney with experience handling prescription fraud cases as well as others that involve healthcare.