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September 21, 2020

US False Claims Act Investigations of Unnecessary Percutaneous Coronary Interventions

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Intern Med. Published online September 21, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.2812

The US False Claims Act allows individuals to sue government contractors if they have private knowledge that the contractors defrauded the government. The act was originally intended to combat fraud by defense contractors. Recently, several physicians, hospitals, and other health care clinicians have been penalized under the act for billing Medicare for unnecessary care.1 In this study, we sought to identify US False Claims Act investigations of the overuse of percutaneous coronary interventions and assess their association with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) volumes.

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