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Bristol-Myers Squibb Settlement Highlights a Common-Sense Law: The Medicaid Drug Rebate Program

Posted  04/2/21
Drug prices are out of control.  They now account for roughly 10% of our healthcare spending and America’s per capita outlay has nearly doubled over the past two decades.  For the least fortunate among us, many of these medications have become out of reach altogether. While new proposals are regularly made, one approach that often gets overlooked is simply enforcing the laws already on the books. That is just...

April 1, 2021

Pharma company Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay $75 million to settle a False Claims Act action, filed by a whistleblower, alleging that the company failed to pay amounts it owed under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. That program, the MDRP, requires drug manufacturers to report the Average Manufacturer Prices (AMPs) of their Medicaid-covered drugs to the government; the higher the reported AMPs, the greater the rebate owed by the pharma company to the government.  The whistleblower alleged that Bristol-Myers systematically under-reported their AMPs for a number of its drugs, including by reducing service fees it paid to wholesalers and excluding the value of price appreciation provisions in wholesale contracts. Of the total settlement, $41 million will be paid to the federal government, and the remainder to states participating in the settlement.  The government did not intervene, and the action was pursued by the whistleblower, Ronald J. Streck, who will receive an undisclosed share of the settlement.  USAO EDPA

March 26, 2021

Following two whistleblower complaints, a former owner of a now-defunct diagnostic testing laboratory in North Carolina and South Carolina has agreed to pay $2 million to resolve allegations of violating the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act.  Together with other agents of Physicians Choice Laboratory Services (PCLS), Phillip McHugh allegedly offered and provided benefits to physicians in exchange for referrals of patient samples, causing false claims to be submitted to Medicare.  A second defendant in the case, former sales representative and manager Manoj Kumar, has already paid approximately $650,000 to resolve similar claims.  USAO WDNC

March Madness: AstraZeneca Fudges the Clinical Trial Results for Its COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted  03/26/21
By Edward Baker
basketball hoop in basketball court
In case you haven’t been following the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (or even if you have), you might be surprised to learn that the University of Hartford is poised to win it all this year—except for the fact that it lost in the first round of the tournament to Baylor University, 79-55, and has been eliminated from the competition. Likewise, in case you haven’t been following the results of COVID-19...

March 24, 2021

Two men in Mississippi have been sentenced to 7 years in prison and ordered to pay over $16 million in restitution to Medicare, TRICARE, and Express Scripts, as well as forfeiture of close to $1 million, for their roles in a multimillion-dollar healthcare fraud scheme.  Dempsey Bryan Levi and Jeffrey Wayne Rollins, the operators of the Gardens Pharmacy, LLC, had previously admitted to soliciting and incentivizing recruiters to obtain prescriptions for highly reimbursed compounded medications, and soliciting and incentivizing doctors to authorize those prescriptions.  USAO SDMS

March 23, 2021

The former owner of Shape of Behavior (TSOB), a Texas-based therapy service provider for children with autism, has agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve allegations that nine of the provider’s locations submitted improper claims to TRICARE.  The misconduct was uncovered by TRICARE’s managed care support contractor, Humana Military Program Integrity, and involved claims that could not be substantiated by medical records, claims involving excessive hours by individual providers, and misrepresentations of the identities of actual rendering providers.  USAO SDTX

Disturbing New Evidence Suggests Fraud Underlies Five-Star Ratings for Some Nursing Homes

Posted  03/19/21
By Jessica T. Moore
Nurse helping elder man walking in rehab facility
Twelve years after the implementation of the nursing-home star-ratings system, a disturbing New York Times exposé and a lawsuit by California against Brookdale Senior Living reveals how the ratings are manipulated to the detriment of families in their time of crisis.  The NYT’s investigation and California’s allegations in combination paint the troubling picture of profits tied to higher star ratings, and...

Catch of the Week: Unnecessary Blood Flow Tests Led to Unnecessary Flow of Healthcare Dollars

Posted  03/19/21
Doctor in handcuffs holding a stethoscope
Healthcare fraudsters routinely look for ways to extract money from federal health programs in ways that raise the least suspicion of their actions.  One of these methods is through unnecessary diagnostic testing, which can often be lucrative when conducted routinely on large groups of patients. This week we focus on a recent settlement with Dr. Dinesh Shah and Michigan Physicians Group, P.C. (“MPG”) for $2...

March 18, 2021

A Michigan-based cardiologist, Dinesh Shah, and his practice, Michigan Physicians Group, P.C. (MPG), have agreed to pay $2 million to resolve allegations of defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE by submitting claims for medically unnecessary diagnostic testing, in violation of the False Claims Act.  In separate qui tam suits filed by former employees Arlene Klinke and Khrystyna Mala, the whistleblowers alleged that between 2006 and 2017, Shah and MPG billed government healthcare programs for Ankle Brachial Index tests, Toe Brachial Index tests, and Nuclear Stress Tests that were ordered and provided without regard to necessity.  USAO EDMI

March 16, 2021

Jack Lee Stapleton and Jack Hunter Stapleton, the former owners of a Florida-based telemarketing company known as CV McDowell LLC or J&J Tel Marketing LLC (the Stapleton Entities), have agreed to pay at least $4 million to resolve a qui tam case by a former employee alleging violations of the False Claims Act.  According to whistleblower Dwayne Thornton, the Stapletons solicited prospective patients through telemarketing calls, convinced them to accept compounded drugs regardless of need, and then procured prescriptions and sent them to compounding pharmacies that agreed to pay the Stapletons half of all TRICARE reimbursements.  USAO MDFL
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