DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc., one of the leading providers of dialysis services in the US, agreed to pay $400M to resolve claims it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks for patient referrals to its dialysis clinics. According to the government, for the past decade DaVita used a sophisticated three-part joint venture business model to induce patient referrals to its clinics. The allegations in this case originated from a whistleblower lawsuit brought by former DaVita Senior Financial Analyst David Barbetta under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Whistleblower Insider
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