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(L-R) Mark Sersansie, Bill Reynolds and Alex Ferrer.

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WHISTLEBLOWER was Friday’s #1 broadcast with viewers at 8:00 PM and posted week-to-week viewer growth, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Friday, June 21.

The broadcast delivered 3.38 million viewers and a 0.5/02 with adults 25-54. WHISTLEBLOWER added +140,000 viewers from the previous week and was even in 25-54.

Friday’s broadcast featured Alex Ferrer and WHISTEBLOWER’s investigation into the journey of Mark Sersansie and Bill Reynolds, who say they uncovered one of the most complex – and dangerous – back-surgery schemes to defraud workers compensation in California state history. They say at the center of the scheme were doctors who were being paid large kickbacks to steer patients into spinal fusion surgery at specific hospitals, including many cases where they allege the procedures were medically unnecessary. They did this to take advantage of a former provision in California’s workers’ compensation law that allowed hospitals to “pass through” to insurance carriers the entire cost of medical hardware used in spinal surgeries. The pass-through provision placed no dollar limits on the cost of the hardware, which allowed hospitals to invoice and obtain reimbursement from insurance carriers for deceptively inflated amounts.

One of the distributors of the spinal hardware devised a plan to make even more money by manufacturing its own surgical screws, called pedicles, using non-FDA approved materials. Once implanted, the counterfeit hardware could potentially leach harmful substances and cause dangerous infections.

WHISTLEBLOWER is produced by CBS News Productions and CBS Television Studios. Alex Ferrer is the host. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer. Anthony Batson, Alex Ferrer and Ted Eccles are the executive producers. Peter Bull is the senior producer. Alicia Tejada is the senior coordinating producer. Resa Matthews is the producer. Sara Holmberg is the field producer. Marcus Balsam, Gary Winter, Libby Fabricatore, Pascal Akesson, Michelle Harris, James Taylor are the editors.

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