October 22, 2018
A Kentucky-based medical equipment supplier has agreed to pay $5,254,912 to settle claims based on the False Claims Act that it defrauded many government insurers, including Kentucky Medicaid, Medicare, and CHAMPVA (under the Department of Veterans Affairs), by submitting fraudulent claims relating to certain compounded creams that it produced. According to the DOJ press release, in order to be properly reimbursed, Cooley Medical Equipment, Inc.
was required to obtain prior authorization from Kentucky Medicaid and CHAMPVA before using certain powdered ingredients. Instead, Cooley claimed to use cream-based versions of the same ingredients, then submitted thousands of false claims to the insurers, and received millions of dollars in reimbursements. The company eventually came clean and self-disclosed to the US Attorney's Office, allowing it to pay a fine of 1.5 times instead of the usual 3 times loss suffered by the government. USAO EDKY