Spring 2021 Course Schedule

The False Claims Act in Health Care Industry (Compressed) (LAW-719B1-001)
Jesse Witten

Meets: 11:00 AM - 04:00 PM (Su)

Enrolled: 22 / Limit: 22

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This one-credit course will meet for 12 hours of class time. Class will meet live on zoom on Sundays 3/7 and 3/21 (from 11-4 pm ET). Three hours of additional class time will be required through asynchronous course content and knowledge-check assignments. This course satisfies the Health Care Compliance Certificate. Jesse Witten is a Partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath. Jesse Witten is one of the leading health care fraud and abuse attorneys in the nation. He combines litigation skills, a keen strategic sense and deep knowledge of Medicare and other government health care programs to guide his clients through government investigations, False Claims Act (FCA) litigation, and other matters involving health care fraud and abuse. His clients consist of individuals and entities in virtually every sector of the health care industry, including hospitals and health systems, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, home health agencies, physician practices, ambulance companies, durable medical equipment companies, and skilled nursing facilities. Jesse previously served as deputy associate attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where his duties included co-chairing the DOJ’s Health Care Fraud Task Force.


The civil False Claims Act was initially developed during the Civil War in response to war profiteering by military contractors who attempted to defraud the government. After many years and significant amendments along the way, the False Claims Act has become a very powerful fraud and enforcement tool for the government in its effort to combat fraud, waste, and abuse - especially in the health care and pharmaceutical industries. This course will review the elements of the False Claims Act and consider enforcement, compliance, defense strategies, and qui tam provisions with an emphasis on health care and pharmaceutical applications. The teaching strategies for this course will include readings, lecture, group discussions and mock hypothetical exercises.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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