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September 12, 2019

New Jersey doctor Joseph DeCorso pleaded guilty to fraudulently prescribing orthotic braces over the phone for two telemedicine companies, resulting in a $13 million loss to Medicare. Dr. DeCorso admitted that the telemedicine companies preyed on elderly and disabled Medicare beneficiaries, on behalf of whom he submitted orders for medically unnecessary braces. He prescribed these braces without ever speaking to or consulting with these patients. The case was investigated by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. DOJ

Medicare Whistleblowers: The Most Common Questions Answered About Reporting Medicare Fraud

Posted  09/10/19
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What potential whistleblowers need to know about reporting fraud in government healthcare programs.

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In this article, our experienced whistleblower attorneys have answered 6 of the most important and common questions posed by individuals who have knowledge of potential healthcare fraud, specifically, fraud in the Medicare program. Click the links below to...

September 9, 2019

Dr. Augusto Castrillon of Texas has agreed to pay $2 million to settle allegations he fraudulently billed Medicare for medically unnecessary diagnostic tests in violation of the federal False Claims Act.  From 2009 to 2015, the owner and operator of Castrillon Family Clinic allegedly submitted false claims for transcranial doppler imaging studies, electromyography, nerve conduction studies, and autonomic function testing that were ordered for the same patients on a recurring basis.  The claims submitted by Dr. Castrillion were so excessive that they stood out as a significant statistical outlier in a proactive review of claims data by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  USAO SDTX

September 4, 2019

Pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt ARD LLC has agreed to pay $15.4 million to settle allegations of violating the Anti-Kickback Statute by “wining and dining” healthcare providers to induce Medicare prescriptions of its drug H.P. Acthar Gel.  The allegations arose from two whistleblowers, who will jointly receive about $2.9 million of the settlement.  DOJ

August 29, 2019

A healthcare executive in Tennessee has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison and ordered to forfeit nearly $600,000 for her role in a $4.6 million illegal kickback scheme.  In pleading guilty to violating the Anti-Kickback Statute, Brenda Montgomery admitted that she paid the CEO of Comprehensive Pain Specialist (CPS), John Davis, a 60% cut of Medicare reimbursements—amounting to more than $770,000—for arranging the referrals of durable medical equipment.  As a result of the scheme, Montgomery herself received fraudulent reimbursements amounting to as much as $2.9 million.  USAO MDTN

Is Data the Future of Whistleblowing?

Posted  08/28/19
Two recent decisions, one in California and the other in Texas, might be signaling a new frontier in False Claims Act (FCA) litigation: the data-driven whistleblower. Both cases are brought by the same whistleblower, Integra. Integra is not a typical whistleblower, which are generally corporate insiders or other employees of a company that is accused of defrauding the government. Instead, Integra is a corporation that...

August 27, 2019

Three doctors and a cardiac center have agreed to pay a combined $1.1 million to resolve allegations of receiving kickbacks from the now defunct Northwest Medical Testing Company (NMTC) in exchange for ordering genetic tests from NMTC that were then billed to Medicare.  Dr. Gregory Sampognaro will pay $519,750, Dr. Isabella Strickland will pay $107,900, Dr. Warren Strickland will pay $95,053, and Cardiology P.C. will pay $411,300.  USAO WDWA

August 15, 2019

Alabama-based Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C. (BB&J) has settled a False Claims Act action for $1.2 million.  According to the whistleblower who initiated the action, former BB&J employee John Seddon, BB&J submitted claims to Medicare and TRICARE for physical therapy services performed by unauthorized providers, and compensated shareholder physicians based on the volume of physicians’ internal referrals.  As part of the settlement, Seddon will receive a $200,000 relator’s share.  USAO SDAL

DOJ Catch of the Week — Beaver Medical Group

Posted  08/9/19
Yesterday, California-based Beaver Medical Group and one of its physicians, Dr. Sherif Khalil, agreed to pay roughly $5 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by reporting invalid diagnoses to Medicare Advantage plans causing those plans to receive inflated payments from Medicare.  It is the latest example of what has become a strong government commitment to pursuing fraud in the Medicare...
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