Today, the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office announced that the State of Tennessee is intervening in a qui tam, False Claims Act lawsuit against ProHealth Rural Health Services, Inc. (“ProHealth”), and its founder and President, Dr. Ray White, that Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison, LLC initiated on behalf of a whistleblower client. The press release from the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office can be found here.
The State is intervening in allegations first asserted by our client that ProHealth—a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike—violated the Tennessee Medicaid False Claims Act by submitting TennCare claims for payment to the State for more Medicaid patient visits than actually occurred.
Attorneys Jerry Martin and Seth Hyatt represent the whistleblower who brought these claims to the government’s attention by filing a qui tam lawsuit in November of 2017 pursuant to the federal and Tennessee Medicaid false claims act statutes. Seth Hyatt said, “We are very pleased that the State of Tennessee has decided to intervene in this case, and we look forward to assisting the government in moving this case forward and recovering taxpayer money for TennCare.”
Martin and Hyatt focus their practice on representing whistleblowers who wish to come forward and expose fraud on state and federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. The False Claims Act provides a mechanism for whistleblowers to report fraud and share in the government’s recovery.
Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison, LLC is based in Nashville, Tennessee, but represents whistleblowers all around the country.