Florida-based neurologist Dr. Sean Orr agreed to pay $150,000 to settle allegations he violated the False Claims Act by providing medically unnecessary services and drugs to federal health care program beneficiaries. According to the government, from September 2009 to April 2012 Orr knowingly misdiagnosed certain patients with various neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, which caused federal health care programs to be billed for medically unnecessary services and drugs. In 2014, the government settled related allegations against Baptist Health System Inc. – Orr’s former employer and the parent company for Baptist Neurology Inc. and Baptist Medical Center-Jacksonville – for $2.5 million. The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Baptist Neurology employee Verchetta Wells under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.. employee. She will receive a whistleblower award of $26,250. DOJ
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