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DOJ Catch Of The Week -- Institute For Cardiovascular Excellence

Posted  01/9/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "catch of the week" goes to Florida cardiologist, Dr. Asad Qamar, and his physician group, the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence.  On Monday, the DOJ intervened in two whistleblower lawsuits alleging Qamar and his group billed Medicare for medically unnecessary peripheral artery interventions and paid kickbacks to patients by waiving...

Rose Cancer Center — Medicare Fraud ($5.7 million).

Two of our whistleblower attorneys co-led the representation of Kristi Beeson who reported Medicare fraud violations at her former employer Rose Cancer Center in Mississippi. Ms. Beeson, who was a laboratory technician for the clinic, brought a qui tam action under the False Claims Act against the clinic alleging, among other things, unqualified technicians performing bone marrow biopsies, diluting chemotherapy drugs, and doctoring patient records to conceal the clinic’s fraudulent Medicare billings. The physician who owned and ran the practice, Dr. Meera Sachdeva, plead guilty to various Medicare fraud violations, forfeited $5.7 million, and is now serving a 20 year prison sentence for her crimes. Ms. Beeson, along with three other whistleblowers, collectively received a whistleblower award of $525,000 for their efforts in exposing the fraud. See Clarion Ledger for more.

April 23, 2014

Amedisys home health companies agreed to pay $150M resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by allegedly billing Medicare for nursing and therapy services not medically necessary or provided to patients who were not homebound, and by otherwise misrepresenting patients’ conditions to increase its Medicare payments. The allegations were first raised in several qui tam lawsuit filed by former Amedisys employees under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

January 5, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that Apple Transportation of New York, Inc. will pay $300,000 to settle claims it overbilled Medicaid for transportation services. As part of a settlement agreement, Apple Transportation admitted that between January 1, 2004 and October 30, 2008, it frequently billed Medicaid for ambulette services even though no personal assistance was provided to Medicaid recipients. As a result, Apple was paid by Medicaid for ambulette services at rates that were higher than the applicable livery rates. NY

August 19, 2013

Shands Teaching Hospital & Clinics agreed to pay $26M to settle allegations that six of its health care facilities submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health care programs for inpatient procedures that should have been billed as outpatient services. The allegations were first raised in a qui tam lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. DOJ

Scooter Store Caught Cheating the Government Out of Millions

Posted  01/24/13
By Marlene Koury It seems like such a wholesome company.  They have those nice commercials where elderly folks are scooting to and fro on their power-mobility devices.  It would seem that only an honest and trustworthy company would dedicate itself to caring for the needs of the elderly in this way.  But, according to an independent auditor, The Scooter Store – the purveyor of these fine commercials and the...
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