Settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act in fiscal year 2022, which ended Sept. 30, were more than $2.2 billion, with most of that related to cases involving the health care industry, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.
The DOJ said in its statement that the government and whistleblowers were parties to 351 settlements and judgments, which was the second highest number in a single year.
Recoveries since 1986, when Congress significantly strengthened the FCA by increasing whistleblower incentives, now total more than $72 billion, the statement said.
Of the more than $2.2 billion, more than $1.7 billion was related to cases involving the health care industry, including drug and medical device manufacturers, durable medical equipment, home health care and health care providers, hospitals, pharmacies, hospice organizations and physicians, the DOJ said .
The FCA imposes treble damages and penalties on those who knowingly and wrongfully claim money from the United States, or fail to pay the money owed.