TriWest Healthcare Settles Qui Tam Action for $10 Million
TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corporation, a contractor for TRICARE, has agreed to resolve a qui tam, or whistleblower, lawsuit for $10 million. TRICARE is the medical benefit plan for the U.S. military, retirees, their dependents and reserve components.
The settlement resolves a qui tam lawsuit filed by former TriWest employees, Judi Jerdee, Deborah Thornton, Linda Glassgow and Paige Fiorillo under the False Claims Act. The United States partially intervened in the lawsuit on August 29, 2011.
The whistleblower complaint alleged that from 2004 to 2010, TriWest submitted claims to TRICARE for the full amount billed by service providers, even though TriWest had negotiated discounts with the service providers pursuant to contractually binding letters of agreement.
Collectively, the whistleblowers will receive $1.7 million as their share of the government’s recovery.
If you have any firsthand knowledge, information, or evidence related to any federal, state, county or city government fraud, you should speak with an experienced qui tam lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
If you have a claim, contact the Florida whistleblower attorneys at Rabin Kammerer Johnson for a free and confidential consultation by calling toll free at 877.915.4040.