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February 13, 2019

Ashraf Hasan-Hafez and Ilya Kogan have been sentenced to over three years in prison for their participation in a scheme that defrauded Medicare and New York State Medicaid out of $1.3M dollars. Hasan-Hafez, the owner of a physical therapy practice, and Kogan, the owner of an acupuncture company, fraudulently submitted bills for services that were not rendered, or for services performed by unlicensed individuals. In addition to jail time, Hasan-Hafez and Kogan have been ordered to forfeit $1,297,000 in restitution to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  DOJ    

February 11, 2019

GenomeDx Biosciences Corp. has agreed to pay $1.99 million in connection with a whistleblower complaint by two former employees, which alleged that the genetic testing laboratory violated the False Claims Act in its submissions to Medicare. According to the unnamed whistleblowers, from 2015 to 2017, GenomeDx submitted reimbursement claims for running a post-operative genetic test on prostate cancer patients, even though that population did not have risk factors that called for the test. They will share in a $348,316.50 award as part of the settlement. USAO SDCA

Catch of the Week – Justice Department Sues Tennessee Pharmacies and Pharmacists Illegally Dispensing Opioids

Posted  02/11/19
On Friday, the Justice Department announced that it has sued several pharmacies and pharmacists in Tennessee to stop them from illegally dispensing opioids. According to the complaint, both defendants have “fueled and profited from” the opioid epidemic by “repeatedly dispensing opioids and other controlled substances prone to abuse without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the usual course of professional...

Catch of the Week – EHR Developer Greenway Health to Pay $57.25 Million to Settle FCA Allegations

Posted  02/8/19
Electronic health records (EHR) software developer Greenway Health LLC agreed to pay $57.25 million to resolve allegations that it committed fraud by misrepresenting to its users the capabilities of its EHR product “Prime Suite” and by providing unlawful remuneration to users to induce them to recommend Prime Suite. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the government made incentive payments...

February 8, 2019

Two executives from the South Carolina Early Autism Project (SCEAP) have been convicted of causing false statements to be submitted to Medicare and TRICARE and causing them to be overcharged by millions of dollars. According to statements by SCEAP employees, co-founder Ann Davis Eldridge and executive Angela Breitweiser Keith instructed employees to include travel and wait time in their billing in order to inflate time spent providing services. To further incentivize this practice, they implemented billing goals that had to be met in order to qualify for bonuses such as gift cards and vacations, all paid for by the company. Since then SCEAP has repaid almost $9 million, and as part of their plea agreement, both Keith and Eldridge will serve 1-year sentences. USAO SC

February 8, 2019

A Texas-based marketing company, One Source Healthcare Organization, and its owner, James Paul Adams, have agreed to pay $339,412.50 to resolve allegations that it violated the Anti-Kickback Statute in accepting illegal payments from a compounding pharmacy to market their drug. Because the payments resulted in false claims being paid by Medicare and TRICARE, they were also alleged to be in violation of the federal False Claims Act. Two men affiliated with the compounding pharmacy, Oklahoma-based OK Compounding, LLC, were previously indicted on similar charges. USAO NDOK

February 7, 2019

Six people associated with a string of substance abuse treatment centers have been indicted for defrauding Ohio's Medicaid program of over $31 million. Ryan Sheridan, the owner and operator of the businesses, along with Jennifer Sheridan, Kortney Gherardi, Lisa Pertee, Thomas Bailey, and Arthur Smith, allegedly submitted claims that were false on a number of fronts, including but not limited to: billing without proper documentation, for medically unnecessary services, provided by unqualified persons, and upcoded to a more costly service. Altogether, 134,744 false claims were submitted for more than $48.5 million in services. USAO NDOH

February 7, 2019

A former bus driver with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for defrauding the authority's health benefit plan of $2.8 million. Enver Kalaba, who was recruited into the scheme by former bus driver Christopher Frusci, worked on behalf of an unnamed company to pay bribes to fellow MTA employees in exchange for medically unnecessary prescription compounded medications. For each prescription for medications such as pain creams, scar creams, and metabolic supplements, Kalaba and Frusci paid $100. As part of his sentence, Kalaba must now forfeit $138,630 in fraudulent earnings and pay $2.9 million in restitution. Frusci is scheduled to be sentenced next month. USAO NJ

February 6, 2019

An electronic health records provider, Greenway Health LLC, will pay $57.25 million to settle a False Claims Act case brought by the U.S. alleging that Greenway fraudulently obtained certification that is product, Prime Suite, complied with HHS requirements and therefore that healthcare providers using Prime Suite could receive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.  Greenway allegedly modified the software tested by the certification body to make it appear that Prime Suite was performing as required when it was not, and failed to correct known errors in the software.  In addition, the government alleged that Greenway violated the Anti-Kickback Statute by providing incentives including payments to clients to recommend Prime Suite. Greenway entered into a five-year Corporate Integrity Agreement which includes an independent monitoring process.  DOJ

February 6, 2019

Families United Services, Inc. (FUS) and owner Pamela McKenzie have agreed to pay $645,000 to settle allegations of defrauding Georgia's Medicaid program from 2010 to 2012 by submitting claims for unprovided mental health services. As part of the settlement, FUS has been excluded from participating in federal healthcare programs for a period of five years. USAO NDGA
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