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A Qui Tam Defendant’s Presentations to Government During Investigation Was Found Unprotected from Discovery in Other Lawsuits, Federal District Court Ruled

In a recent decision, a federal district court judge ruled that a defendant’s presentations to the Department of Justice, made during the course of the Department’s investigation of a pending False Claims Act qui tam lawsuit, are not protected from discovery by the whistleblower who brought that lawsuit. The case is the United States and […]

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Three Medical Professionals Blow Whistle on Nation’s Largest Operator of Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

Encompass Health Corporation, the nation’s largest operator of inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) will pay $48 million to settle claims of Medicare fraud brought forward by three former employees.  It is alleged that some of the IRFs under the corporation’s control lied to Medicare to maintain their status as an IRF and to earn a higher […]

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Medicaid Billing Upcharges Prompts Oklahoma Nurse to Blow the Whistle on Hospital

Oklahoma Heart Hospital (OHH) has agreed to pay $2.8 Million to settle U.S. and Oklahoma government claims that the hospital committed Medicaid Fraud. Jennifferr Baird, a retired registered nurse, filed the complaint, which reported that her former employer, OHH was consistently billing  Oklahoma’s Medicaid insurance program inpatient rates for outpatient procedures – regardless of whether […]

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The Sale of Unapproved Medical Devices at Center of $3.3M U.S. False Claims Act Settlement

A Federal investigation into alleged false healthcare claims found evidence that New York-based CareFusion Corporation bought and sold “medical devices that were not approved or cleared by the FDA.” CareFusion has agreed to pay the government $3.3 Million after a United States District Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that the distributor […]

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Qui Tam Case Settled Over Alleged Kickbacks to Federal Government Contractor by SBA-Eligible Construction Company

Alaska Native Corporation agreed to pay a $2 Million settlement over alleged False Claims Act violations. The Department of Justice recently announced a settlement agreement with Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corporation (“KIC”), an Alaska Native Corporation, and KIC Development LLC, a subsidiary of KIC to resolve allegations that KIC Development paid kickbacks to win contracts. KIC and […]

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Whistleblower Physician Exposes Medicare Fraud in Two Pain Management Clinics; Feds Settle for $3.3M

The National Spine and Pain Centers (NSPC) and Physical Medicine Associates (PMA) have agreed to pay a $3.3M to settle government claims that the two pain management clinics committed Medicare Fraud, violating the False Claims Act. A former PMA employee and whistleblower provided the Department of Justice with evidence that both companies were submitting false […]

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Co-Pay Kickbacks at Center of $122M in Settlement Fees for Alleged Medicare Fraud

Three pharmaceutical companies resolved allegations with the Federal Government for making charitable donations to third-party foundations to cover Medicare patient co-pays for their medicines, which ultimately gave Medicare patients an incentive to select drugs without co-pays over drugs with co-pays. The three drug companies allegedly benefitted from the increase in non-copay medication sales with a […]

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Feds find largest Healthcare Fraud, charge 24 executives responsible for over $1.2B in losses

One of the largest health care fraud cases was recently discovered by Federal officials, uncovering more than $1.2B in losses, and resulting in 24 arrests involving fraud in telemedicine programs and durable medical equipment (DME) disbursements. Healthcare fraud comes in many different forms and remains one of the most active areas of false claims litigation. […]

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California Court Issues Ruling In Favor Of Whistleblower In Case Alleging Use Of Kickbacks In Violation Of California Insurance Fraud Prevention Act

On March 28, 2019, in an important victory for California whistleblowers, the Superior Court for the County of Orange held that Insurance Code section 1871.7, the Insurance Fraud Prevention Act (“IFPA”) applies to claims made to workers’ compensation insurers resulting from patient referrals induced by kickbacks.  Tycko & Zavareei LLP represents the plaintiff in this […]

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Duke University Agrees to Pay $112.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Violations

On March 25, 2019, the Department of Justice announced that Duke University will pay $112.5 million to resolve allegation that it violated the False Claims Act. Researches from the university allegedly submitted application and reports containing falsified data to win more than two dozen grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Environmental […]

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