Case: Individual Employment Rights/Whistleblowing (6th Cir.)

June 9, 2021, 11:17 AM

A whistleblower failed to adequately allege that Walmart violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare or Medicaid for opiate prescriptions he believed would have harmed patients, the Sixth Circuit affirmed. A former Walmart pharmacist didn’t show Walmart presented any claims for payment to a federal health-care program, the court of appeals said. The pharmacist argued that because some payments on a medical expenses summary were for $1 to $2, patients must have received government reimbursement through Medicare or Medicaid. However, this “bare-bones assertion” is insufficient to show presentment of a claim under the FCA, the court said. His reliance ...

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