LUBBOCK, Texas — On Tuesday, a federal judge partially unsealed a lawsuit against Covenant Health in which Dr. Howard Beck made allegations of Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
In September 2016, Beck filed a Qui Tam lawsuit against Covenant. Qui Tam is a fancy legal term that means he is entitled to get a portion of the money if Covenant is ordered to pay back the federal government.
On Monday, the federal government declined to intervene, but federal officials must be notified and give consent before the lawsuit can be dismissed. Federal officials are entitled to see all documents filed in the lawsuit, court records said.