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Mistrust Could Spill Over in Some Fraud Cases, U.S. Attorney Says

Jan. 26, 2018, 9:57 PM

Medical centers could face tougher treatment in their billing and kickback cases if they try to cover up instances of research misconduct, a U.S. attorney said.

Gregg Shapiro, an assistant U.S. attorney based in Boston, made those comments to health lawyers Jan. 26 in addressing whether academic medical centers should voluntarily disclose research misconduct to federal enforcement agencies.

Fraud cases involving research rarely make it to the Department of Justice, he said. But the health-care industry as a whole has billions of dollars at stake. In fiscal year 2017 alone, the DOJ obtained $3.7 billion from settlements and judgments for...

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