Health Care Fraud Tipsters May Get Bigger Reward; Novartis Kickback Complaint Prompts CIA Review
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
HHS proposes to increase the potential reward for information leading to recovery of Medicare funds from $1,000 to $9.9 million; OIG is reviewing Novartis corporate integrity agreement compliance after government alleges company paid Myfortic kickbacks to pharmacies.
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