Anti-Kickback Statute

Texas Medical Center Settles Healthcare Fraud Allegations for $21.75 Million

Known as the “Heart Hospital,” the county-owned Citizens Medical Center has agreed to pay a staggering $21.75 million amid allegations it engaged in unlawful kickback schemes with several of its cardiology and emergency medicine practitioners. Under both the False Claims Act and the Stark Law, it is considered unlawful to induce government healthcare providers [...]

By | 2018-10-04T15:04:43+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Healthcare Fraud|

Daiichi Sankyo to Pay $39 Million to Settle Unlawful Kickback Claims

The False Claims Act contains certain restrictions pertaining to kickbacks offered to physicians treating patients enrolled in government healthcare programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. The anti-kickback provisions prohibit any doctor from receiving – or any pharmaceutical company from offering – incentives or benefits in exchange for the provider’s agreement to exclusively use the company’s [...]

By | 2018-09-11T12:05:25+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Healthcare Fraud|

Novartis Pharmaceuticals to Face Possible False Claims Act Liability for Kickbacks

Swiss-based Novartis Pharmaceuticals has been subjected to possible liability under the False Claims Act – and a federal judge in New York recently concluded the case may continue. In U.S. ex rel. Bilotti v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., a whistleblower brought to light several issues involving the drug maker, most notably its business model involving [...]

By | 2018-09-14T14:05:15+00:00 October 8th, 2014|Healthcare Fraud|

Infirmary Health, Inc. Agrees to Pay $24.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

In a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice late last month, Mobile, Alabama-based Infirmary Health, Inc. has agreed to pay over $24 million to settle claims it engaged in unlawful kickback schemes and fraudulent conduct in violation of the False Claims Act. The allegations specifically address unlawful [...]

By | 2018-03-27T09:54:25+00:00 August 18th, 2014|Healthcare Fraud|

DOJ Joins False Claims Act Suit Against Infirmary Health System

The government continues to show its resolve when it comes to False Claims Act violations, taking a special interest in healthcare fraud cases. This is especially true for cases that involve Medicare fraud, violations of the Medicare/Medicaid Anti-Kickback Statute (which prohibits the payment of kickbacks in exchange for referrals) and the Stark Law (which prohibits [...]

By | 2018-08-01T15:41:00+00:00 July 17th, 2013|Healthcare Fraud|

Illegal Kickbacks and Medicare Fraud: Seven BLS Defendants Plead Guilty

Last month, seven defendants in the Medicare fraud and bribery case against Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS) opted to enter guilty pleas before United States District Judge Stanley R. Chesler in Newark federal court. Each defendant was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Federal Travel Act and one [...]

By | 2018-09-12T12:20:44+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Healthcare Fraud|

Novartis Hit with Two Illegal Kickback Lawsuits in Just Four Days

April was a rough month for the pharmaceutical giant Novartis. In a span of just four days, the United States government filed two civil fraud lawsuits against the corporation. Novartis Pharmaceuticals is now charged with orchestrating a multi-million dollar illegal kickback scheme, securing the company tens of millions in fraudulent reimbursement payments from the government-sponsored [...]

By | 2018-09-14T14:04:08+00:00 May 8th, 2013|Healthcare Fraud|

Adventist Health System Settles False Claims Act Lawsuit for $14.1 Million

A federal False Claims Act lawsuit was recently settled with Adventist Health System and its affiliated hospital, White Memorial Medical Center. The qui tam suit, which contains allegations that Adventist Health paid illegal kickbacks, was originally filed by two Los Angeles physicians. According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Adventist Health agreed to pay the [...]

By | 2018-08-21T14:29:53+00:00 May 7th, 2013|Healthcare Fraud|

Illegal Kickback Results in a List of Charges Against Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of New Jersey announced that the government is filing charges against four defendants in a Medicare fraud and illegal kickback scheme in North New Jersey. Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services ("BLS") and four defendants are accused of bribing doctors with millions of dollars for laboratory referrals and paying enormous fees to [...]

By | 2018-07-25T10:35:03+00:00 April 29th, 2013|Healthcare Fraud|

Michigan Doctor Charged in Illegal Kickback Scheme

A Michigan doctor has pleaded no contest to two counts of Medicaid fraud in relation to receiving illegal kickback payments for referrals. Dr. Kevin S. Witt was officially charged in court with the violations, which fall under the False Claims Act. Each charge carries up to four years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Dr. Witt [...]

By | 2018-09-13T11:49:01+00:00 April 25th, 2013|Healthcare Fraud|
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