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May 25, 2021

Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), which operates dental clinics in New York and Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve whistleblower-brought allegations of submitting false claims to Medicaid in violation of the federal and New York False Claims Acts.  Between 2010 and 2015, UAHS had billed Medicaid for dental services performed using improperly sterilized handpieces, which are considered semi-critical devices and need to be properly heat sterilized between patients.  AG NY; USAO WDNY; USAO WDPA

May 21, 2021

SavaSeniorCare LLC and related entities (“Sava”) will pay $11.2 million, plus potentially more pursuant to an “ability-to-pay” settlement, to resolve allegations that Sava violated the False Claims Act by causing its skilled nursing facilities to bill Medicare for rehabilitation therapy services that were not reasonable, necessary, or skilled, and that Sava billed the Medicare and Medicaid programs for grossly substandard (i.e., “worthless”) skilled nursing services.  The settlement stems from four separate qui tam complaints filed by whistleblowers Rita Hayward, Trammel Kukoyi, Terrence Scott, James Thornton, and Barbara Roberts, who will share an undisclosed portion of the government’s recovery.  In 2015, the United States intervened in the litigation and filed a consolidated False Claims Act complaint, alleging inter alia that Sava had exerted significant pressure on its skilled nursing facilities to meet unrealistic corporate targets for the highest Medicare reimbursement rates without regard to patients’ actual clinical needs, and improperly delayed the discharge of patients from its facilities in order to increase billings.  Sava will enter into a five-year Corporate Integrity Agreement as part of the settlement.  DOJ

Catch of the Week: Virginia OB/GYN Sentenced to 59 Years in Prison for Performing Medically Unnecessary Procedures for More Than Ten Years

Posted  05/21/21
OB/GYN looking at a sonogram on screen
Healthcare fraudsters are typically motivated by greed. But in satisfying that greed, some fraudsters perform reprehensible acts that permanently affect the victims of the fraud, making even the penalty they receive pale in comparison. This week we focus on the conviction of Javaid Perwaiz, an OB/GYN in Hampton Roads, Virginia, who was sentenced to 59 years in prison for performing medically unnecessary surgeries...

May 19, 2021

Latisha Harron of North Carolina has been sentenced to over 14 years in prison and ordered to pay over $13 million in restitution after pleading guilty to charges of defrauding the North Carolina Medicaid Program, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering.  Together with husband Timothy Harron, the defendant scoured obituaries for recently deceased Medicaid recipients and billed Medicaid for up to a year of home health services that were allegedly provided to the deceased by her company, Agape Healthcare Services, Inc.  By concealing the fact that both Harrons were previously convicted felons, the defendant was able to obtain millions in reimbursements, which she then laundered into expenses such as business properties, a private jet, clothing and jewelry, and gym equipment.  NC AG

May 14, 2021

Texas dentists Gunjan Dhir and Gaurav Puri and their affiliated management companies and practice groups will pay $3.1 million to resolve allegations that they fraudulently charged the Texas Medicaid program for pediatric dental services.  The investigation was initiated by the filing of a qui tam complaint by whistleblowers Sandy Puga, Nelda Torres-Brown, and Sonia Cardoso, who were former employees of defendants and will receive an undisclosed share the settlement.  Defendants allegedly billed for services that were not actually provided and/or misreported the provider of services by using erroneous Medicaid provider numbers.  USAO ND Texas

May 10, 2021

Iowa skilled nursing facility Dubuque Specialty Care, owned by Care Initiatives, will pay $214,200 to resolve claims that they received federal Medicaid funds during a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility while failing to adhere to requirements for infection control, including procedures for screening symptomatic employees for COVID-19.  USAO ND Iowa

April 27, 2021

Indivior plc and Indivior Inc., will pay $300 million to settle claims from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, alleging they caused the misuse of state Medicaid funds by falsely marketing the drug Suboxone.  Suboxone is used by recovering opioid addicts to reduce withdrawal symptoms.  According to the governments, Indivior promoted the sale and use of Suboxone for unsafe, ineffective, and medically unnecessary purposes, including by claiming it was less susceptible to abuse even though the active ingredient, buprenorphine, is a powerful opioid itself.  Additionally, the company took steps to fraudulently delay the entry of generic alternatives in order to control pricing.  The settlement resolves six whistleblower suits pending in New Jersey and Virginia.  Indivior previously paid $600 million to resolve federal claims, and former parent company Reckitt Benckiser previously paid $1.4 billion to resolve the same.  CA AG; FL AG; MI AG

April 21, 2021

Tennessee-based Anesthesia Services Associates, PLLC d/b/a Comprehensive Pain Specialists (CPS) and its four majority owners have agreed to pay a total of $4.1 million to resolve allegations of violating the federal False Claims Act and Tennessee Medicaid False Claims Act.  According to the government, CPS billed Medicare and TennCare for medically unnecessary or non-reimbursable genetic tests, psychological tests, specimen validity tests, and urine drug tests, as well as medically unnecessary or non-reimbursable acupuncture.  For bringing a successful qui tam suit, the whistleblowers in this case will receive a relator’s share of over $610,000.  USAO MDTN

April 20, 2021

In order to resolve a whistleblower suit alleging violations of the False Claims Act, Massachusetts Eye and Ear and its related entities have agreed to pay over $2.6 million.  Over an eight-year period ending in 2020, Massachusetts Eye and Ear allegedly made a habit of submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for office visits that were not reimbursable under program rules.  Altogether, the government programs were defrauded of over a million dollars.  As a reward for blowing the whistle, the unnamed relator will receive a 15% share of the settlement proceeds.  USAO MA

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...
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