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CPE Webcast: Compliance programs under scrutiny

2024-06-11T14:00:00+01:00Provided by

Explore government expectations for compliance programs and how companies facing regulatory scrutiny design and implement programs to position themselves for the best possible outcome.

CityMD

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CityMD to pay $12M over Covid-19 false claims

2024-06-10T16:01:00+01:00By

CityMD, the largest provider of urgent care practices across New York and New Jersey, agreed to pay approximately $12 million as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice addressing the alleged submission of false claims for payment for Covid-19 testing.

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Bluestone Physician Services to pay $14.9M in false claims case

2024-06-06T19:07:00+01:00By

Bluestone Physician Services agreed to pay approximately $14.9 million and abide by a corporate integrity agreement to settle allegations that it filed false claims to federal and state health programs for chronic pain care to people in assisted living facilities.

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What to watch for as DOJ whistleblower program sprint ends

2024-06-05T19:14:00+01:00By

The Department of Justice’s 90-day sprint to developing and implementing a pilot whistleblower rewards program ended Wednesday, and many questions remain about what the program will entail.

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Experts express skepticism toward ‘challenging’ SFO strategy

2024-05-31T15:47:00+01:00By

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office last month published its five-year strategic plan outlining how it intends to improve information gathering and international cooperation, as well as its enforcement record.

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Innovasis, execs settle false claims case for $12M

2024-05-30T19:00:00+01:00By

Medical device manufacturer Innovasis and two of its top executives agreed to pay a total of $12 million to settle allegations originally brought by a whistleblower that they paid kickbacks to physicians.

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Creative engagement approach drives Compliance Innovators Johnson, Sudo

2024-05-28T16:00:00+01:00By

Through clever rhymes and real-life examples, Sharon Johnson and Heather Sudo of MODE Global have made it their mission to think outside the box when it comes to compliance awareness. Their approach earned them Compliance Innovator(s) of the Year at the 2024 Excellence in Compliance Awards.

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​Debate: Experts discuss pros, cons of whistleblower process

2024-05-23T15:35:00+01:00By

Compliance Week Advisory Board members Eric Young and Ellen Hunt participate in a debate-style discussion regarding whistleblower-related topics including culture of compliance, monetary incentives, retaliation, and more.

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​Book review: How compliance can help build organizational trust at speed

2024-05-22T16:29:00+01:00By

Anne Morriss, co-author of “Move Fast and Fix Things,” advises compliance officers to tap into curiosity, communicativeness, and comfort with discomfort to build organizational trust, fast.

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FDIC chair to resign following report on toxic workplace culture

2024-05-21T18:04:00+01:00By

Martin Gruenberg announced he will step down as chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation following the release of an independent review that criticized the agency’s lack of response to employee claims of sexual harassment and discrimination.

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DOJ orders Cape Cod Hospital to pay $24.4M over false claims

2024-05-17T16:01:00+01:00By

The Department of Justice ordered Cape Cod Hospital to pay nearly $24.4 million to settle alleged False Claims Act violations that it knowingly submitted claims to the government for procedures that failed to comply with Medicare rules.

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Lawsuit: Ex-Panoramic Health assistant GC alleges retaliation linked to CCO supervisor

2024-05-13T19:03:00+01:00By

The former assistant general counsel at Panoramic Health is suing her former employer alleging wrongful termination after flagging safe harbor violations of the Anti-Kickback Statue.

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Virtual Roundtable: Whistleblowing in 2024: What compliance officers need to know

2024-05-08T12:00:00+01:00By

Compliance Week is hosting a virtual roundtable in which we’ll explore the modern whistleblower landscape and what corporate compliance programs need to know to follow the rules while enabling a speak-up culture.

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DOJ orders Hahn Air to pay $27M over travel fee false claims

2024-05-03T17:07:00+01:00By

Hahn Air Lines and its U.S. subsidiary agreed to pay $26.8 million to settle alleged violations of the False Claims Act over knowingly failing to provide remittance for travel fees it collected from commercial airline passengers flying into or within the United States.

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Insight Global to pay $2.7M over lax security on contact tracing data

2024-05-02T19:03:00+01:00By

Atlanta-based staffing agency In­­­­­­sight Global agreed to pay $2.7 million to settle alleged False Claims Act violations for failing to provide adequate cybersecurity on Covid-19 contract tracing data.

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Wirecard whistleblower laments EU speak-up protection inconsistencies

2024-04-29T11:39:00+01:00By

The European Union’s strong stance on whistleblower protection has been undermined by member states’ wildly different approaches to punishing organizations that fail to safeguard people who raise concerns, says Wirecard whistleblower Pav Gill.

SFO

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SFO outlines five-year strategy amid ‘increasing pace of change’

2024-04-22T13:00:00+01:00By

The U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office said in a five-year strategic plan it’s “struggled to keep pace with demand” as ballooning casework shows no signs of slowing down.

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U.S. agencies launch portal for reporting anticompetitive healthcare practices

2024-04-19T11:00:00+01:00By

The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Health and Human Services partnered to create an online portal for the public to report instances of anticompetitive practices in the healthcare sector.

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DOJ pilot floats NPAs for whistleblowers involved in corporate misconduct

2024-04-17T17:00:00+01:00By

The Department of Justice launched a new pilot program that encourages voluntary self-disclosure by corporate executives who are themselves involved in financial misconduct, with the incentive of a nonprosecution agreement for those who help an agency investigation.

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DOJ lawsuit charges Regeneron with inflating Medicare costs

2024-04-11T20:57:00+01:00By

New York-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is being sued by the Department of Justice for allegedly flouting Medicare’s price reporting requirements.

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Effective risk culture starts at the top. Everyone is required to make it successful

2024-04-11T20:38:00+01:00By

There is no magic wand compliance professionals can wave to promote a strong risk culture within their organizations, experts discussed at Compliance Week’s 2024 National Conference.

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CFTC enforcement head talks steep path to self-reporting credit

2024-04-11T20:32:00+01:00By

Earning self-reporting credit from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is no simple task, Director of Enforcement Ian McGinley conceded.

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What the DOJ’s whistleblower reward program needs to succeed

2024-04-10T16:48:00+01:00By

The Department of Justice is set to join a growing list of U.S. federal agencies to have a whistleblower reward program in place, but how impactful it will be at generating more white-collar investigations and prosecutions rides on its initial design, according to experts.

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Gamma Healthcare, owners to pay $13.6M in DOJ false claims case

2024-03-28T21:11:00+00:00By

Missouri-based Gamma Healthcare and three of its owners agreed to pay approximately $13.6 million to settle charges levied by the Department of Justice of violating the False Claims Act by improperly billing Medicare for tests that were not ordered or medically necessary.

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U.K. sets recommendations to address misogyny in finance

2024-03-28T13:59:00+00:00By

Sexism, sexual assault, and bullying are rife at financial services organizations, according to a recent report by the U.K. Treasury Committee. “The government and financial regulators have important roles to play in driving change,” the committee said.

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NAVEX whistleblower report finds third parties lead on business integrity

2024-03-27T21:27:00+00:00By

A new report on corporate whistleblowing and hotline trends in 2023 found reporting volume at an all-time high, with key disparities uncovered between reports filed by third parties and those filed by employees.

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CFTC awards $1.25M to compliance/audit whistleblower

2024-03-15T11:41:00+00:00By

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced a landmark whistleblower award of approximately $1.25 million to an individual in an internal compliance or audit function who came forward with information on misconduct occurring at his or her employer.

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SFO director support for whistleblower incentives enough to drive change?

2024-03-11T12:47:00+00:00By

When Nick Ephgrave of the Serious Fraud Office said in his maiden speech he favored paying whistleblowers in exchange for information, he might not have been fully aware of the implications, according to legal experts.

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DOJ eyeing more FCPA cases with whistleblower program

2024-03-08T18:33:00+00:00By

The Department of Justice anticipates its upcoming whistleblower reward program will help the agency increase its pipeline of cases involving apparent violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole Argentieri.

Chemours

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Chemours says probe found accounting misconduct by execs

2024-03-08T16:09:00+00:00By

Chemours said an internal review into the actions of senior managers alleged to have engaged in accounting misconduct uncovered violations of the chemicals company’s code of ethics regarding the promotion of full, fair, accurate, timely, and understandable disclosure.

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DOJ on sprint toward pilot whistleblower reward program

2024-03-07T21:07:00+00:00By

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said the Department of Justice will look to fill gaps in its whistleblower procedures with the launch of a 90-day sprint toward a DOJ-led pilot whistleblower reward program.

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Chemours places senior execs on leave over accounting review

2024-03-04T11:23:00+00:00By

Chemours announced it placed its chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and principal accounting officer on leave pending completion of an internal review into potential material weaknesses in its internal control over financial reporting.

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FinCEN head touts compliance through enforcement approach

2024-02-27T19:01:00+00:00By

Andrea Gacki, head of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, said recent enforcement actions by the agency have addressed significant gaps in the U.S. anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism regime and exposed specific risk factors, trends, and typologies.

CFTC

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CFTC appoints new head of whistleblower office

2024-02-16T16:53:00+00:00By

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission appointed Brian Young as director of its whistleblower office.

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New SFO director vows quicker cases, stumps for whistleblower payouts

2024-02-14T21:21:00+00:00By

“Under my leadership, the SFO will be bolder, more pragmatic, more proactive,” said Nick Ephgrave in his first public speech as head of the U.K. Serious Fraud Office.

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Experts: SCOTUS ruling shifts onus to employers in whistleblower cases

2024-02-12T21:35:00+00:00By

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to reaffirm whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in a case involving UBS has wide ramifications in many other industries beyond financial services, according to legal experts.

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SCOTUS reaffirms whistleblower protections in ruling against UBS

2024-02-09T20:27:00+00:00By

The Supreme Court reaffirmed whistleblower protections guaranteed under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in a unanimous decision expected to set a precedent that impacts all corporate internal reporting cases.

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Court bumps Gen Digital false claims judgment to $53M

2024-01-18T18:41:00+00:00By

An opinion in a long-running court case involving software company Gen Digital and alleged violations of the False Claims Act saw proposed costs in the matter jump from $1.3 million to approximately $53 million following successful arguments by the U.S. government.

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JPMorgan to pay record $18M for violating SEC whistleblower rule

2024-01-16T15:51:00+00:00By

A subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase will pay an $18 million fine to the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly violating the agency’s whistleblower protection rule in hundreds of settlement agreements with clients and customers.

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SDNY launches whistleblower pilot program

2024-01-11T16:39:00+00:00By

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York took its efforts to encourage voluntary self-disclosure a step further with the launch of a whistleblower pilot program for individuals involved in nonviolent offenses.

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Atlantic Home Health Care to pay $10M over energy program false claims

2024-01-08T12:28:00+00:00By

Atlantic Home Health Care LLC agreed to pay nearly $10 million as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice addressing the alleged submission of false claims to the Department of Labor’s Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program.

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Ex-ChristianaCare CCO wins $12M in False Claims Act settlement

2023-12-27T17:52:00+00:00By

The former chief compliance officer of ChristianaCare Health System will receive more than $12 million as part of a settlement addressing his allegations of kickbacks and other False Claims Act violations at the Delaware-based hospital network.

Philips

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Philips unit settles DOJ false claims case for $14.7M

2023-12-20T14:41:00+00:00By

Wireless medical technology company BioTelemetry and its subsidiary LifeWatch Services agreed to pay more than $14.7 million as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice regarding alleged false claims submitted to federal healthcare programs.

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Community Health Network to pay $345M in historic Stark Law case

2023-12-19T22:20:00+00:00By

Indiana-based Community Health Network agreed to pay $345 million as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice resolving allegations it overcompensated physicians it employed at a rate that violated the Stark Law.

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Five compliance triumphs from 2023

2023-12-13T15:00:00+00:00By

A financial services giant’s compliance mea culpa that could serve to benefit the rest of the profession, a chemical company’s praised FCPA settlement, and an example of the value of whistleblowers highlight CW’s annual list of laudable ethics and compliance moments.

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One company’s voluntary self-disclosure, two companies’ FCPA settlements

2023-11-30T20:54:00+00:00By

Nicole Argentieri, acting head of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, explained how the actions of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group Holdings coming forward helped bring about the agency’s recent FCPA enforcements against Tysers Insurance Brokers and H.W. Wood.

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Digital Transformation of Compliance podcast: GWU Professor Kyle Welch

2023-11-28T17:00:00+00:00By

In this episode of the Digital Transformation of Compliance podcast series, Kyle Welch, a George Washington University associate professor of accountancy, discusses findings from his research on internal whistleblowing and compliance dashboards built by publicly traded U.S. companies to leverage hotline data.

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SEC lauds cooperators, whistleblowers in FY23 enforcement results

2023-11-15T15:46:00+00:00By

A big year for disgorgement helped the Securities and Exchange Commission to its second highest total of financial remedies ordered in a single year in fiscal year 2023.

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Companies must set clear tone under EU whistleblower rules

2023-11-14T16:27:00+00:00By

With a moving target for compliance under the EU’s Whistleblower Directive, the opportunity exists for companies to set their own standards on whistleblowing and engender greater trust among employees, according to a panel at Compliance Week’s Europe conference in London.

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CFTC: ‘Majority’ of FY23 whistleblower cases related to crypto fraud

2023-11-03T09:39:00+00:00By

Most of the whistleblower tips received by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in fiscal year 2023 related to fraud and misappropriation of crypto/digital assets.