Every year, the Department of Health and Human Services alone disburses nearly $15 billion in research and scientific grants. These dollars join those from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies in a pool of tens of billions of federal grant dollars spent on health care research. Increasingly, though, fraud on these programs is being prosecuted. This fraud is diverse, ranging from improperly substituted personnel to undisclosed connections to private industry or foreign governments to misappropriation for use on personal expenses. The civil and criminal consequences of this fraud are significant, and fraud by individuals can have serious administrative consequences for their institutions, including loss of federal funding. This session aims to explicate the frauds, look briefly at the different statutes being deployed to investigate and prosecute them, and examine what compliance personnel and outside counsel need to know to assure that their clients remain on the right side of the law.
Recorded at the Health Law Institute in March 2022.