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Catch of the Week — PA Hospital and Health System Pays $12.5 Million to Settle FCA Allegations

Posted  12/14/18
Coordinated Health Holding Company, LLC, a for-profit hospital and health system, and its founder, owner, and CEO, Emil DiIorio, M.D., have agreed to pay a combined $12.5 million to settle allegations of violating the False Claims Act for submitting false claims to Medicare and other federal health care programs for orthopedic surgeries. Coordinated Health is a for-profit hospital and health system based in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. It...

December 11, 2018

Coordinated Health Holding Company, LLC, a for-profit hospital and health system, and its founder, owner, and CEO, Emil DiIorio, M.D., have agreed to pay a combined $12.5 million to settle allegations of violating the False Claims Act in claims submitted to Medicare, Medicaid, and federal employee health insurers. From 2007 until 2014, under DiIorio's direction, Coordinated Health allegedly exploited a billing code called Modifier 59 in order to separately bill for orthopedic surgery charges that, properly billed, instead fall under a single "global" payment for each surgery. Even after outside consultants warned company executives about the improper practice in 2011 and 2013 and provided on-site training on the proper use of Modifier 59, Coordinated Health continued making false claims, causing federal healthcare payers to overpay by millions of dollars. As part of the settlement, the company has signed a Corporate Integrity Agreement for additional government oversight into its billing practices over the next five years. USAO EDPA

DOJ Catch of the Week - Comprehensive Health Services

Posted  02/10/17
This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., one of the country's largest providers of workforce medical services. On Wednesday, the Florida-based company agreed to pay roughly $3.8 million to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act by double-billing and mischarging the government for medical services in connection with work it performed on an Internal Revenue Service contract. See DOJ Press Release....

December 18, 2015

Maryland-based splint supplier Dynasplint Systems Inc., and its founder and president, George Hepburn, agreed to pay roughly $10.3 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing Medicare for splints provided to patients in skilled nursing facilities.  According to the government, to circumvent Medicare rules which provide for bundled payment to these facilities that cover all of a patient’s needs, Hepburn and Dynasplint mispresented that patients were in their homes or other places that were not skilled nursing facilities.  The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Dynasplint sales executive Meredith Deane under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  Ms. Deane will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $2 million from the proceeds of the government’s recovery.  DOJ

November 16, 2015

HCA Holdings, Inc. (including affiliated entities Hospital Corporation of America; Parallon Business Solutions, LLC; West Florida Regional Medical Center, Inc.; HCA Health Services of Florida, Inc.; Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point; HCA Health Services of Florida, Inc.; New Port Richey Hospital, Inc.; and Medical Center of Trinity) agreed to pay $2 million to resolve charges of violating the False Claims Act through billing Medicare for unnecessary lab tests and double billing for fetal testing.  The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit by HCA employee Kelly Oxendine under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  The whistleblower will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $400,000 from the government’s recovery.  DOJ(SC)

Buying Blind – New Study Shows Continued Lack of Transparency in Healthcare Pricing

Posted  02/28/13
By Gordon Schnell It has been talked about for years as a way to rein in the runaway costs of healthcare in this country -- making price matter to the consumer.  That is how it is with every other kind of purchase.  Whether it is a car, a house, a college education, a new pair of sneakers, or even a quart of milk, virtually everyone weighs heavily into their purchase...

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