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April 28, 2015

Life Focus Center of Charlestown, Inc., a former nonprofit that provided day habilitation services to individuals with developmental disabilities, agreed to pay more than $94,000 to settle claims it violated the Massachusetts False Claims Act by billing the state’s Medicaid program (MassHealth) for services not provided. MA

April 23, 2015

Grady Health System agreed to pay $2,950,000 to settle claims it inaccurately coded claims for neo-natal intensive care unit patients, resulting in alleged damages to the Georgia Medicaid program. GA

April 16, 2015

Georgia doctor Zheng Xiang Wang and the Wang Eye Clinic, P.C. agreed to pay $790,000 to settle allegations they billed Georgia Medicaid for medically unnecessary ophthalmology procedures. GA

April 13, 2015

Hallmark Health Systems agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle allegations it improperly billed the Massachusetts Medicaid Program (MassHealth) for certain inpatient admissions at its hospitals, resulting in overpayments by MassHealth. The settlement alleges that from March 2008 to December 2013, Hallmark used a specific default code that classified MassHealth patients as having received short-stay inpatient services, when an observation or outpatient level of care would have been more appropriate. MA

April 7, 2015

Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore along with his company Preventive Medicine Associates, Inc. pleaded guilty for running a Medicaid fraud scheme involving millions of dollars in taxpayer funds. Kishore was sentenced to 360 days in jail and ordered to pay $9.3 million in restitution. Based on the government’s investigation, Dr. Kishore used bribes, or kickbacks, to induce sober house owners to send their residents’ urine drug screening business to his laboratories for testing. MA

April 7, 2015

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced New Jersey-based pharmaceutical product manufacturer Glenmark Generics Inc. USA agreed to pay $25 million to resolve the State’s investigation under the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act against Glenmark for fraudulently reporting inflated drug prices to the Medicaid program. TX

April 2, 2015

Medical device maker Medtronic plc and affiliated Medtronic companies,Medtronic Inc., Medtronic USA Inc., and Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA Inc., agreed to pay $4.41 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by making false statements to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense regarding the country of origin of certain Medtronic products sold to the US.  Specifically, the government charged Medtronic with selling to the VA and DoD products it certified would be made in the US or other designated countries when in fact they were manufactured in China and Malaysia, which are prohibited countries under the Trade Agreements Act of 1979.  The allegations were first raised in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by three unidentified whistleblowers under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. They will receive a whistleblower award of $749,700Whistleblower Insider

April 1, 2015

Keli House Community Services, Inc., a nonprofit serving New Yorkers with disabilities and their families, agreed to reimburse New York’s Medicaid program $363,643 for using unqualified individuals to provide services to Medicaid recipients who participated in the Home and Community Based Services Program offered by the New York State Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities. NY

March 20, 2015

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the arrests of four individuals for allegedly recruiting the homeless to defraud Medicaid. According to the investigation, Christina Benson, owner of Tranquility Healthcare Solutions, billed Medicaid for services not provided or warranted for homeless men and women who were recruited by her associates to pose as patients. In less than a year and a half, Tranquility fraudulently billed Medicaid approximately $3.2 million. FL

March 19, 2015

Dr. Michael Montejo, a radiation oncologist and former employee of Florida Oncology Network P.A, will receive a whistleblower award of $1,082,500 from the $5,412,502 settlement resolving allegations Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corporation violated the False Claims Act by providing radiation oncology services to Medicare and TRICARE beneficiaries that were not directly supervised by radiation oncologists or similarly qualified persons.  DOJ
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