More than 60% of federal whistleblower cases filed this year were healthcare-related, according to a U.S. Justice Department report released last week.
More than 400 lawsuits were filed by private whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act in fiscal 1998, which ended Oct. 1. That's a 22% drop from 1997, when 534 whistleblower cases were filed. In 1997, 54% of all whistleblower cases were healthcare-related.
Since 1987, the Justice Department has intervened in more than 300 cases and declined to participate in another 1,200 cases. More than $2.1 billion has been recovered.