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December 28, 2016

Bay Sleep Clinic, its related businesses -- Qualium Corporation and Amerimed Corporation -- and their owners and operators, Anooshiravan Mostowfipour and Tara Nader, agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle allegations they fraudulently charged Medicare for diagnostic sleep tests and medical devices in violation of Medicare payment rules. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Elma F. Dresser under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. She will receive a whistleblower award of approximately $545,000 from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ (NDCA)

Bay Sleep Clinic – Medicare Fraud/Unapproved Facilities, Unlicensed Technicians, and Physician Kickbacks ($2.6M).

Constantine Cannon represented whistleblower Elma Dresser, a sleep technician and former Bay Sleep employee. Ms. Dresser alleged that Bay Sleep Clinic and associated businesses, a network of sleep clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area, fraudulently billed Medicare for sleep studies conducted by unlicensed technicians in unapproved locations; improperly dispensed durable medical equipment from unapproved locations using unlicensed technicians; and paid doctors for referrals in violation of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The government joined a portion of the case, and in 2016, defendants agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle the matter. For her significant contributions, the relator’s share award was almost 21% of the government’s recovery. See DOJ for more.

December 13, 2016

Elite Lab Services, LLC, along with its husband-and-wife owners Gerard and Suzanne Dengler, agreed to pay $3.75 million to settle charges of their violating the False Claims Act through their billing Medicare for tens of thousands of miles that were never driven by Elite Lab’s personnel.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by former Elite Lab employee Karen Malcolm.  She will receive a whistleblower award of $787,500 from the proceeds of the government's recovery.  DOJ (EDTX)

July 22, 2016

Preferred Imaging, LLC, a provider of diagnostic imaging services, agreed to pay $3,510,000 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing Medicare and Texas Medicaid for services performed without proper medical supervision.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by former Preferred Imaging employee Tracy Sifuentes.  She will receive a whistleblower award of $596,700 from the proceeds of the government's recovery.  DOJ (NDTX)

July 12, 2016

New Jersey couple Nita and Kirtish Patel and their diagnostic imaging companies Biosound Medical Services Inc. and Heart Solution PC were ordered to pay more than $7.75 million for violating the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to Medicare for thousands of falsified diagnostic test reports and the underlying tests.  The government had alleged that defendants created fraudulent diagnostic test reports, forged physician signatures on these reports, and then billed Medicare for the fraudulent reports and the underlying tests that were used solely to create these reports.  The government further alleged that defendants billed Medicare for neurological tests that they conducted without the required physician supervision.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Biosound employee under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  The whistleblower will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government's recovery.  DOJ (DNJ)

April 13, 2016

Florida Pain Medicine Associates, Inc. and its owners, Drs. Bart Gatz, Alexis Renta, and Albert Rodriguez, agreed to pay $1.1 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare for medically unnecessary nerve conduction studies.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Rosa Gomez, who had worked in Florida Pain Medicine’s billing department.  She will receive a whistleblower award of $242,000 from the proceeds of the government's recovery.  DOJ (SDFL)

April 11, 2016

Tennessee-based drug urine screening company PremierTox 2.0, Inc. (previously called Nexus) agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims when billing Medicare, TennCare and Kentucky Medicaid for drug urine screening services.  According to the government, PremierTox had a swapping arrangement under which Nexus gave below cost discounts on its urine drug screen tests to patients in Tennessee without insurance, in exchange for physicians’ referring their patients with Medicare or TennCare coverage to Nexus. The government also contended that in Tennessee Nexus submitted excessive claims to Medicare and TennCare for laboratory testing that was beyond what was medically reasonable and necessary.  The allegations originated in two whistleblower lawsuits filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by a former office manager of a pain clinic and the former CEO of PremierTox.  The office manager will receive a whistleblower award of $361,250, and the former CEO will receive a whistleblower award of $56,250.  DOJ (MDTN)

March 23, 2016

Pennsylvania-based Respironics Inc. agreed to pay $34.8 million to resolve charges it violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by paying kickbacks in the form of free call center services to durable medical equipment (DME) suppliers that bought its masks for patients with sleep apnea.  Respironics allegedly provided DME companies with call center services to meet their patients’ resupply needs at no charge as long as the patients were using masks that Respironics manufactured; otherwise, the DME companies would have to pay a monthly fee based on the number of patients who used masks manufactured by a competitor of Respironics.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Dr. Gibran Ameer, who has worked for different DME companies.  He will receive a whistleblower award of $5.38 million from the proceeds of the government's recovery.  DOJ

March 9, 2016

Florida arrested a couple for defrauding the Medicaid program out of more than $180,000 in fraudulent claims. Oscar Alzate, 48, and Alba Garcia, 48, owners of Digital Radiology Center, Inc. and Medisound, Inc., allegedly operated a clinic without the appropriate licensure or proper oversight by a physician as required by Florida law. The investigation revealed that Alzate and his partner Garcia, neither who are physicians, billed the Medicaid program for services never rendered. The clinic owners also allegedly forged physicians’ signatures on medical reports and provided defective mammography services. FL
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