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February 25, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

Optometry Practice Settles False Claims Act Allegations Regarding Medically Unnecessary Exams

When it comes to unlawful billing practices settled under the False Claims Act, nursing homes and long-term care facilities are frequently implicated in fraudulent misconduct with regard to the various services they offer to residents. In today’s case, the federal government recently reached a settlement with Kentucky-based Associates in Eye Care following […]
February 23, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

EV3 Slapped With Whistleblower Lawsuit After Giving Bad Billing Advice

Medical device manufacturer EV3, an owner of the subsidiary Covidien, Inc., has agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit brought about following allegations it intentionally offered fraudulent billing advice to hospitals with regard to the use of its atherectomy products. The case was settled after […]
February 17, 2015 Medicaid Fraud

Community Health Systems Settles Medicaid Fraud Allegations for $75 Million

A recent press release from the Department of Justice alleged that several hospitals within the nationwide Community Health System (CHS) chain made unlawful donations to various county governments in violation of state and federal Medicaid laws. The scheme occurred under New Mexico’s supplemental Medicaid program, which primarily served rural and […]
February 12, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

False Claims Act Defendant Loses Bid to Overrule Oral Settlement Agreement

As we have explored in the past, many False Claims Act lawsuits end in a negotiated settlement between the relator/whistleblower, federal government, and defendants alleged to have committed fraudulent acts of misconduct against U.S. taxpayers. The terms of the settlement – which almost always include a clause disclaiming any liability […]
January 21, 2015 Healthcare Fraud

Pennsylvania-Based Easton Hospital to Pay $662,000 to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

In January 2015, two parent companies of the Pennsylvania-based Easton Hospital agreed to pay $662,000 to settle claims of false billing and unlawful practices involving Medicare and Medicaid patients. Northampton Hospital Co. LLC and Northampton Hospital Corp. agreed to the settlement following the filing of a formal complaint under the […]
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