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Medicare/Medicaid fraud whistleblowers could earn nearly $10 million under proposed rule

The Department of Health and Human Services might not have the manpower to deal with all the cases the rule will bring

A new rule announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday would increase whistleblower payouts for people who shed light on healthcare fraud.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of HHS, proposed raising the ceiling for such payments from the current cap of $1,000. Under the new rule, if it is approved, whistleblowers could receive up to 15 percent of any recovery resulting from their tip, up to $9.9 million.

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