FCA Case Against UnitedHealth Signals DOJ’s Continued Focus on MA Insurers and Coding Practices

On February 16, 2017, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) intervened in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (“UnitedHealth” or “the defendant”), which alleges, among other things, that UnitedHealth “engaged in a widespread scheme to knowingly submit, or cause to be submitted, false claims for payment to the United States by submitting false ‘risk adjustment’ information to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (‘CMS’) in order to improperly increase the amounts CMS pays them or their clients.” United States ex rel. Poehling v. UnitedHealth Grp., C.D. Cal., No. 11-cv-0258-A, unsealed 2/16/17.