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November 30, 2015

Piedmont Pathology Associates, Inc. and Piedmont Pathology, P.C., a North Carolina-based diagnostic anatomic pathology group agreed to pay $500,000 to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians.  The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by a former contract salesperson for the practice who witnessed a program where the practice would provide Electronic Medical Record software licenses to various physicians’ practices in exchange for referrals.  The whistleblower will receive a whistleblower award of $75,000 out of the proceeds of the government’s recovery.  DOJ(NC)

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)

October 19, 2015

Millennium Health (formerly Millennium Laboratories) agreed to pay $256 million to the federal and state governments to resolve charges it billed Medicare for medically unnecessary urine drug and genetic testing.  According to the government, Millennium caused physicians to order excessive numbers of urine drug tests, in part through the promotion of “custom profiles,” which instead of being tailored to individual patients were in effect standing orders that caused physicians to order large number of tests without an individualized assessment of each patient’s needs.  The government further alleged that Millennium’s provision of free point of care urine drug test cups to physicians — expressly conditioned on the physicians’ agreement to return the urine specimens to Millennium for hundreds of dollars’ worth of additional testing — violated the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute.  The case originated from several whistleblower lawsuits filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  Whistleblowers in the underlying cases will receive awards totalling roughly $32 million.  DOJ GA , FL, WA

October 1, 2015

Strata Pathology Laboratory, Inc. (known as StrataDx) agreed to pay $558,793 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by inducing physicians to refer Medicare and Medicaid patients to Strata by paying kickbacks in the form of sham consulting fees and providing unlawful discounts to physicians.  According to the settlement agreement, Strata acknowledged paying consulting fees to two referring physician practices that did not provide consulting services in exchange.  Strata also acknowledged entering into “account billing” arrangements with seven referring physician practices that facilitated fee-splitting between the parties.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Strata employee under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  The whistleblower will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from a portion of the government’s recovery.  DOJ (MA)

August 18, 2015

Hovik Simitian, owner and operator of three medical clinics located in Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to submitting more than $4.5 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.  Simitian admitted he and his co-conspirators paid cash kickbacks to patient recruiters who brought Medicare beneficiaries to his clinics, Columbia Medical Group Inc., Life Care Medical Clinic and Safe Health Medical Clinic.  Simitian also admitted they billed Medicare for lab tests and other services that were not medically necessary or not actually provided and created false documentation reflecting the services had been provided.  DOJ

July 8, 2015

New Jersey doctor Frank Santangelo was sentenced to 63 months in prison and to forfeit more than $1.8 million for accepting $1.8 million in bribes to refer millions of dollars in business to Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC.  Including Santangelo, 38 people, 26 of them doctors, have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme, which its organizers have admitted involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies.  DOJ

April 9, 2015

Virginia-based cardiovascular testing disease laboratory Health Diagnostics Laboratory Inc. agreed to pay $47 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to physicians in exchange for patient referrals and billing federal health care programs for medically unnecessary testing.  A second cardio testing lab, California-based Singulex Inc., agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle similar charges.  The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Dr. Michael Mayes, Scarlett Lutz, Kayla Webster and Chris Reidel under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  The whistleblower award they will receive has yet to be determined.  Whistleblower Insider

February 25, 2014

Diagnostic Imaging Group agreed to pay $15.5M to resolve allegations that its diagnostic testing facility falsely billed federal and state health care programs for tests that were not performed or not medically necessary and by paying kickbacks to physicians. The allegations were first raised in three qui tam lawsuits filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

September 25, 2013

Kan-Di-Ki LLC, d/b/a Diagnostic Laboratories and Radiology agreed to pay $17.5M to settle allegations that the California-based company violated the federal and California False Claims Acts by paying kickbacks for referral of mobile lab and radiology services subsequently billed to Medicare and Medi-Cal (the state of California’s Medicaid program). The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

DOJ Catch Of The Week -- Pharmasan Labs

Posted  12/4/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to Wisconsin-based Pharmasan Labs, Inc. and its related billing company NeuroScience, Inc.  On Tuesday, both companies and their founders, Gottfried and Mieke Kellermann, agreed to pay $8.5 million to resolve charges they violated the False Claims Act by (i) submitting false information for laboratory services, and (ii)...
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