Peter Canfield authored "Whistleblowers are our best weapon against fraud" which was published in Georgia Health News.

In the late 1980s, total health care fraud recoveries from whistleblower lawsuits averaged $5 million to $10 million a year.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Justice recovered a record $3.06 billion in health care fraud settlements and judgments — more than 80 percent of it in suits initiated by whistleblowers.

That says two things: Health care fraud is booming, but so is the power of its most effective opponent, the whistleblower.

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