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Whistleblowers, The False Claims Act, and the Behavior of Healthcare Providers

Jetson Leder-Luis

2019 Papers from Job Market Papers

Abstract: This paper studies the effects of litigation by whistleblowers against healthcare providers for misreporting claims for payment to the Medicare program. Under the U.S. False Claims Act, whistleblowers bring lawsuits on behalf of the government in exchange for a share of recovered payments. I combine a new dataset on whistleblower cases from the Department of Justice with the universe of Medicare Fee- for-Service claims from 1999-2016. First, I measure the deterrence effects of successful whistleblowing lawsuits using a synthetic control design. I find that whistleblower settlements totaling to $1.9 billion in recovery generated future cost savings of more than $18 billion over 5 years. Next, I examine how whistleblowing impacts care decisions by providers. Using a case study of spine procedures for osteoporotic patients, I find that after a whistleblower settlement, care shifted from inpatient to less-expensive outpatient treatment and towards patients with the greatest expected benefit.

JEL-codes: D73 H51 K15 M48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-11-08
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea, nep-ias and nep-law
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