LUBBOCK, Texas — Covenant Health filed its side of the story in court records Monday after Dr. Howard Beck brought allegations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
Dr. Beck’s lawsuit became public in September after the United States government chose to not pursue the allegations but instead let Beck purse the matter as a Qui Tam lawsuit. Qui Tam means if Beck wins money back on behalf of the government, he gets to keep a portion of it.
Covenant raised a legal technicality saying in part that Dr. Beck is not the original source of information and therefore he’s not a true whistleblower. Covenant said in court records that Beck relied upon public information instead of his own insider knowledge.