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County pays $6.8 million to settle fraud suit

Original post made on Mar 14, 2009

San Mateo County has agreed to pay $6.8 million to the U.S. government to resolve allegations that the San Mateo Medical Center submitted false claims for payments from the Medicare and Medicaid programs. A whistleblower will receive $1 million of the proceeds.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 13, 2009, 11:55 AM

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Posted by Scott
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 14, 2009 at 11:36 am

It is notable that the "whistle blower" was a county employee who the tax payers paid to be a compliance officer. His job is to make sure that the billings and hospital policy were in compliance with the federal guidelines. If he had done the job he was paid to do, the county would not have had the fine. Instead he used his position to feather his nest to the tune of 1 million dollars tax free. Oh yeah, we still get to pay his pension.

When will our public employees actually respect the public trust.

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Posted by Joan
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Scott, Do you know something the rest of us who read the article don't know? How can you reach the conclusion that "If he had done the job he was paid to do, the county would not have had the fine" with the limited information in the article? Don't you think it's at least possible that he TRIED to do his job, but met with resistance from his supervisors and thus had to blow the whistle to ACTUALLY do his job? Is it possible that he is a "former" employee because he was fired or pushed out of his job because his finding that the county was overcharging was not greeted warmly by his supervisors? (Do you understand the nature of whistleblower protection?)

Your remarks display either too great a willingness to jump to conclusions without thinking a situation through, or a hidden agenda. Don't know which it is, but comments like yours are irresponsible.

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