The whistleblowers commenced the lawsuit under the qui tam, or “whistleblower,” provisions of the False Claims Act. That statute allows private individuals to file civil actions on behalf of the United States and share in any recoveries obtained as a result of those actions.
The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in the part of the qui tam action alleging that the Mayo Clinic knowingly billed Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care programs for the preparation and examination of permanent human-tissue slides that the Mayo Clinic never made or examined.
After the government issued a subpoena to the Mayo Clinic seeking information about its surgical pathology billing, the Mayo Clinic paid approximately $263,000 to the government. The settlement agreement reflects this payment, and the Mayo Clinic agreed to pay an additional $1 million. Once payment has been received, the federal government will pay $229,822 to the whistleblowers who participated in the qui tam action. The Mayo Clinic will also pay the whistleblowers' attorney fees and legal expenses.
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Sources: Press Release, The United States Attorney's Office, Minnesota
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