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September 11, 2017

Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina LLC agreed to pay $1.56 million, and the company's principal owner and former CEO Dr. Stephen F. Serbin and its former Laboratory Director Victoria Serbin, agreed to pay $443,000 to settle charges they violated the False Claims Act and Stark Law.  Specifically, the government alleged FMC’s incentive compensation plan improperly paid FMC’s physicians a percentage of the value of laboratory and other diagnostic tests that they personally ordered through FMC.  Dr. Serbin allegedly initiated this program and reminded FMC’s physicians that they needed to order tests and other services through FMC in order to increase FMC’s profits and to ensure that their take-home pay remained in the upper level nationwide for family practice doctors.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by former FMC physician Dr. Catherine A. Schaefer.  She will receive a whistleblower award of $340,510 from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ

Family Medicine Centers Settles Whistleblower False Claims Act Charges

Posted  09/12/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team A South Carolina family medical practice chain, along with its owner and laboratory director, agreed to pay roughly $2 Million to settle charges of violating the False Claims Act and Stark Law which prohibits physician self-referrals. Specifically, Family Medicine Centers of South Carolina (FMC) agreed to pay $1.56 million, and FMC's principal owner Dr. Stephen F. Serbin and...

June 20, 2017

New Jersey family doctor Bernard Greenspan was sentenced to 41 months in prison and to pay a $125,000 fine and a roughly $200,000 forfeiture for violating the Anti-Kickback Statute by accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC, its president and numerous associates. Greenspan’s referrals generated approximately $3 million in lab business for BLS. DOJ (DNJ)

May 11, 2017

Benefits management company Carecore National LLC agreed to pay $54 million to settle charges of violating the False Claims Act by submitting Medicare and Medicaid claims for medical diagnostic procedures without properly assessing whether they were necessary or reasonable.  CareCore provides utilization management services including determinations of medical necessity to New York Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). The agreement settles allegations that CareCore instituted a scheme to auto-approve or “Process As Directed” (“PAD”) hundreds of radiology service requests on a daily basis, deeming those diagnostic services as reasonable and medically necessary, even though there had been no evaluation of those cases by the appropriate medical personnel. Of the $54 million, $18 million will go to 20 state Medicaid programs. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed 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 (SDNY); NY, FL

May 1, 2017

Memphis-based Poplar Healthcare PLLC and Poplar Healthcare Management, LLC agreed to pay $897,640 to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by billing the government directly and through a subsidiary known as GI Pathology for diagnostic tests not medically necessary. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by former Poplar pathologist Gordon Wang. He will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $206,000 from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ (DRI)

April 28, 2017

New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics Inc. agreed to pay $6 million to resolve charges that Berkeley HeartLab Inc., which Quest acquired in 2011, violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to physicians and patients to induce the use of Berkeley for blood testing services and by charging for medically unnecessary tests. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Dr. Michael Mayes. He will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government's recovery. DOJ

Poplar Healthcare to Pay Nearly $900k to Resolve Whistleblower’s False Claims Act Allegations

Posted  05/3/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The Justice Department announced the settlement on Monday, which resolves allegations that Memphis’s Poplar Healthcare and its subsidiary GI Pathology promoted and billed the government for medically unnecessary diagnostic tests. Poplar allegedly marketed certain stain tests as capable of definitely diagnosing a condition called mast cell enterocolitis. But according to...

DOJ Secures $11.4 Million FCA Settlement

Posted  04/26/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced that as Pacific Pulmonary Services will pay $11.4 million to settle a False Claims lawsuit.  At issue in the case were allegedly false claims to Medicare and other federal healthcare programs for oxygen and related equipment supplied in violation of program rules, as well as claims for sleep therapy equipment tainted by a kickback...

April 10, 2017

Kentucky based nursing home operator Prestige Healthcare agreed to pay $995,500 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act with regard to its role in an alleged scheme to falsely bill Medicare for unnecessary genetic testing.  According to the government, Prestige provided genetic testing company Genomix LLC with information on and access to Prestige nursing home patients without ensuring physician orders were obtained for the testing and where Prestige physicians were not aware of and did not agree with the medical necessity of the testing. DOJ (WDWI)
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