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Florida-Based Recovery Home Care Pays $1.1 Million to Settle Kickback Claims

There are three laws in place to address the impropriety of doctor kickbacks: the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Stark Law. These are three pieces of federal legislation enacted to punish and deter intentional fraud involving taxpayer funds. In the context of healthcare fraud, the acts are often triggered when intentional [...]

By | 2018-09-12T10:51:40+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Healthcare Fraud|

AstraZeneca Settles False Claims Act Allegations Involving Unlawful Kickbacks

Known as the “purple pill,” AstraZeneca’s Nexium is a breakthrough drug targeting the symptoms of acid reflux disease, including painful and damaging esophageal burning and pain. However, according to recent allegations revealed in a Department of Justice press release, the company may have gone to too far to ensure its products reached the hands [...]

By | 2018-08-21T14:43:55+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Healthcare Fraud|

Medical Device Manufacturer Biotronik Settles False Claims Act Allegations for $4.9 Million

Biotronik, Inc., a medical device manufacturer, has agreed to pay $4.9 million to settle claims it unlawfully engaged in kickback schemes and prohibited financial arrangements in violation of the False Claims Act and its terms forbidding kickback schemes pertaining to Medicare and Medicaid patients. The company settled with the Department of Justice in May, [...]

By | 2018-09-13T11:43:25+00:00 November 27th, 2014|Healthcare Fraud|

Bone Growth Stimulator Manufacturer Biomet Inc. Settles Allegations It Defrauded the Government

New Jersey-based Biomet, Inc. has agreed to pay $6.07 million to settle False Claims Act allegations involving kickbacks pertaining to its bone growth stimulator products. Under the False Claims Act, any medical device manufacturer, drug company, hospital, or medical professional may face possible liability if Medicare or Medicaid patients are [...]

By | 2018-03-25T13:40:44+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Healthcare Fraud|

Kentucky Cardiology Group Settles False Claims Act Allegations for $380,000

In a recent announcement by the Department of Justice, two London, Kentucky-based cardiologists have agreed to pay $380,000 to settle claims of improper financial relationships with nearby St. Joseph Hospital – including unlawful kickbacks and allegations of financial inducements for referrals. Under the False Claims Act and federal Stark Law, physicians and healthcare professionals [...]

By | 2018-09-12T12:45:03+00:00 October 28th, 2014|Healthcare Fraud|

New Jersey Hospital Somerset Medical Center Settles Anti-Kickback Allegations

A recent settlement under the False Claims Act reveals a startling and unlawful financial relationship between New Jersey’s Somerset Hospital and the nearby cardiology clinic Medicor Cardiology. The whistleblower complaint was filed by two hospital employees who reported the illicit payments occurred between 2009 and 2013. The final settlement amount was for a reported $431,526. [...]

By | 2018-09-13T14:01:32+00:00 May 22nd, 2014|Healthcare Fraud|

Doctor Convicted in $77 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

After just an eight-week jury trial in New York, a Staten Island doctor was convicted in relation to one of the most elaborate and sophisticated Medicare fraud schemes the country has ever seen. Dr. Gustave Drivas, a medical doctor licensed in New York, worked for a clinic in Brooklyn that apparently operated under three separate [...]

By | 2018-08-01T15:19:20+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Healthcare Fraud|

Cooper Health System Pays $12.6 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Lawsuit

Qui Tam Suit Against Cooper Health System Finally Resolved A False Claims Act lawsuit filed against Cooper Health System, a New Jersey hospital, by Delaware Valley cardiologist Nicholas L. DePace, M.D., set off what became a multi-year investigation by the United States Department of Justice and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. […]

By | 2018-08-01T12:03:44+00:00 February 26th, 2013|Healthcare Fraud|