False Claims Act Suits Offer Lessons Learned for MA Plans, Lawyer Says

As Medicare Advantage organizations continue to face intense scrutiny — from the government’s latest probe into UnitedHealthcare to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission calling attention to the cost of higher coding in MA — a new report underscores the power of whistleblower lawsuits in enforcing program requirements. Recent False Claims Act (FCA) settlements with the Dept. of Justice reflect a continued focus on MA insurers submitting inaccurate diagnosis information for the purposes of inflating reimbursement, and while the DOJ isn’t involved in proposed class action lawsuits accusing major insurers of using artificial intelligence to wrongfully deny claims, such litigation “bears continued watching as it progresses.”

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues since the early 2000s and specializes in in-depth reporting on Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Medicare Part D. She also possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of pharmacy benefit management, having written AIS Health’s Radar on Drug Benefits from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016. In addition to her role as managing editor of Radar on Medicare Advantage, she oversees AIS Health’s publications and manages the health editorial staff. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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