Chapter 1. The History and Purpose of the False Claims Act

In recent decades, the False Claims Act (FCA) has become one of the most important laws related to the US government’s protection of the federal treasury from fraud and abuse. With federal health program spending accounting for more than 30% of all federal expenditures, the healthcare industry has been the target of some of the most extensive and aggressive FCA enforcement actions.[3] This chapter will review the history and development of the FCA, as well as the legal basics of the law’s enforcement.

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