Editor's Correspondence
July 24, 2000

Lying for Patients May Be a Violation of Federal Law

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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(14):2223-2224. doi:

A concluding question in the article by Freeman et al1 published in a recent issue of the ARCHIVES—"Are physicians as willing to deceive in practice when faced with the possibility of civil or criminal sanctions?"—should be addressed more thoroughly. Physicians may not realize that knowingly deceiving third-party payers violates a federal law being used with increasing frequency against the health care industry—the federal False Claims Act (31USC, §§3729-3733 [1863]).2

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