Earlier this month the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar (No. 15-7), in which the Court will decide whether a False Claims Act claim can succeed under the so-called “implied certification” theory, and if so whether that theory goes beyond situations where compliance is an express precondition to payment.  We’re not FCA lawyers, but other folks at Reed Smith are, so rather than sorting through all this ourselves, we’re linking (a first for us) to a Reed Smith client alert that has what we think is a good explanation of why this case – and this FCA theory – is important to our clients and to our readers generally.