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April 4, 2019

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Associates P.C. of New Haven, Connecticut, and its former owner Robert Sorrentino DDS, have agreed to pay $252,000 to settle claims that they submitted false claims to Medicaid by billing for services that were not provided, were not medically necessary, or were covered under other claims submitted for the same date of service.  The fraudulently-billed services included deep sedation or general anesthesia and removal of bone or tissue.  USAO CT

March 15, 2019

Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates, P.C. and its principal, psychiatrist Bassam Awwa, who treat patients for substance abuse, will pay $3.3 million in a settlement with the federal government and Connecticut. Defendants allegedly billed Medicare and Medicaid for multiple drug screening tests per patient visit, instead of the single test authorized.  In addition, defendants submitted bills for urine alcohol screening that were already a component of the single test, and for definitive urine drug tests that were not actually performed.  USAO CT

Skyline Urology — Healthcare Fraud ($2.1M)

Constantine Cannon represented a whistleblower in a qui tam lawsuit that alleged that from 2013 through 2016 a large urology practice had fraudulently and systematically misused a billing code in order to increase reimbursements from insurers, including Medicare and private insurers in California. The code, modifier 25, is properly used when a physician performs an evaluation and management service and a separate and distinct service on the same day. Billing with modifier 25 when no distinct service occurred can improperly inflate reimbursement rates and is known as “unbundling fraud.” The Federal Government recovered $1.85M and the State of California recovered $250,000 to resolve the allegations. For his efforts in uncovering the fraud, the whistleblower received a portion of both recoveries. See The National Law Review and Becker’s ASC Review for more.

$2.1 Million Whistleblower Settlement with Skyline Urology Resolves Allegations of Improper Unbundling Fraud

Posted  03/1/19

This week, the Department of Justice and Constantine Cannon LLP announced a $2.1 million settlement against Skyline Urology, at one time the largest urology practice in California. The settlement, which includes $1.85 million to the United States and $250,000 to the State of California, resolved allegations by our whistleblower client that Skyline had engaged in a systematic coding scheme to defraud Medicare and...

Constantine Cannon LLP Announces $2.1 Million Whistleblower Settlement with Skyline Urology

Posted  02/28/19

Settlement resolves whistleblower client’s allegations of systematic coding scheme to improperly increase reimbursement.

WASHINGTON, D.C. February 28, 2019 -- Constantine Cannon LLP is pleased to announce that its whistleblower client’s claims resulted in a $2.1 million settlement against Skyline Urology, a major medical practice in California. The whistleblower exposed an alleged systematic coding scheme to...

February 25, 2019

Skyline Urology will pay $1.85 million to resolve allegations under the federal False Claims Act that it improperly billed Medicare for evaluation and management (E&M) services that did not meet the criteria for separate billing.  Skyline allegedly used "Modifier 25" to unbundle its E&M billing even when the E&M services were provided on the same day as other billed medical services and were not significant, separately identifiable, and beyond those ordinarily involved with the associated procedure.  A whistleblower, James M. Cesare, filed a qui tam complaint, and will receive a relator's share of approximately $323,750DOJ

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

Posted  12/14/18
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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...

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...

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
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