In 2010 Ameritox settled a False Claims Act case for $16.3M and entered into a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG). Andrea Treese Berlin was the attorney who handled that matter on behalf of the OIG. Barb Senters (now of Sonic Healthcare) was, thereafter, hired as the Chief Compliance Officer to administer and, ultimately, close out the CIA. One of her first steps was to invite the whistleblower, Debra Maul, to meet with company leaders to understand what led to her becoming a whistleblower. In this session, Ms. Maul, Ms. Senters, and Ms. Berlin will discuss the events leading up to the case and will outline how laboratories can strengthen the effectiveness of their compliance programs, create a culture of compliance to address whistleblowers’ concerns before they become qui tam relators, and use their compliance program to preemptively identify and address any issues as they arise.
In this session, you will learn: