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July 22, 2022

Medical device manufacturer Biotronik Inc. has agreed to pay nearly $13 million to resolve allegations of paying kickbacks to physicians in order to induce use of their implantable cardiac devices, and causing false claims to be submitted to Medicare and Medicaid.  The alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act were brought to light in a qui tam suit by Jeffrey Bell and Andrew Schmid, both former sales representatives for Biotronik, who as part of the settlement will receive a $2.1 million relator’s share.  USAO CDCA

July 20, 2022

Texas-based clinical laboratory Inform Diagnostics, Inc., formerly known as Miraca Life Sciences, Inc., has agreed to pay $16 million to resolve allegations of violating the False Claims Act.  Inform admitted that it had a policy of conducting additional tests on biopsy specimens without an individualized determination on whether additional tests were medically necessary, then submitting bills for those unauthorized and unnecessary tests to Medicare and other federal healthcare programs.  USAO MA

July 13, 2022

Solera Specialty Pharmacy and its CEO, Nicholas Saraniti, has agreed to pay $1.31 million and enter into a three-year integrity agreement to resolve allegations of defrauding Medicare.  Solera allegedly submitted fraudulent claims for Evzio—a high-priced version of naloxone, which reverses opioid overdoses—based on prior authorization requests that contained false clinical information, that were not actually approved by physicians, and that improperly listed Solera’s contact information as if it were the physician’s.  In connection with a criminal information, Solera has also entered into a deferred prosecution agreement.  The whistleblower in this case, a former employee of Evzio manufacturer kaléo Inc. named Rebecca Socol, will receive a $262,000 share of the settlement.  DOJ

July 7, 2022

A hospital in West Virginia, Weirton Medical Center, has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations of submitting or causing to be submitted claims to Medicare that resulted from an improper financial relationship.  In violation of the Stark Law, Weirton allegedly paid referring physicians compensation based on volume and that exceeded fair market value.  USAO NDWV

July 1, 2022

MCS Advantage, Inc. has agreed to pay $4.2 million in order to resolve allegations of submitted or causing to be submitted false claims to Medicare.  In violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act, MCS allegedly distributed 1,703 gift cards totaling $42,575 to administrative assistants working under healthcare providers in order to induce referrals of Medicare beneficiaries to its plan.  USAO PR

June 16, 2022

A Florida man who was convicted of defrauding Medicare of over $20 million and evading taxes has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $4 million in restitution to the IRS.  As the owner and operator of multiple telemarking and telemedicine companies, Marc Sporn marketed and sold signed prescription orders for medically unnecessary genetic tests, in exchange for illegal kickbacks from pharmacies and laboratories.  USAO SDFL

June 13, 2022

Centene Corporation has agreed to pay $13.7 million to the State of New Mexico, after an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office found the company layered fees and failed to pass discounts onto the state’s Medicaid program, in violation of Medicaid rules and the New Mexico Medicaid False Claims Act.  NM AG

June 10, 2022

A doctor who allegedly submitted claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal for unperformed procedures, services, and tests, in violation of the California and federal False Claims Acts, has agreed to pay $9.5 million to resolve a civil suit.  The qui tam case by Minas Kochumian’s former medical assistant Elize Oganesyan, and former IT consultant Damon Davies, alleged that claims for treatment of osteopathic issues that were submitted over a six year period were false.  The settlement includes $5.5 million that Kochumian already paid as criminal restitution in a separate case in the Central District.  As part of the civil settlement, Oganesyan and Davies will share a $1.75 million award.  CA AG; USAO EDCA

June 8, 2022

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) has agreed to pay $12.9 million to the State of Texas to resolve allegations of violating the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.  DRL had allegedly reported inflated drug prices to the Texas Medicaid program in order to receive higher reimbursements.  TX AG

June 3, 2022

Rodney L. Yentzer will pay $900,000 for violating the False Claims Act. Through Pain Medicine of York, a group of clinics he controlled, Yentzer caused the submission of false claims for payment to Medicare for urine drug tests that were not medically reasonable or necessary and were not used to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. He is excluded from participation in all federal health care programs for 22 years. In March of 2022, Yentzer pleaded guilty to Health Care Fraud, Money Laundering, and Theft of Public Money for defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services between 2016 and 2020. USAO MDPA
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