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April 9, 2019

A number of telemedicine and durable medical equipment companies, the principals of those companies, and three healthcare providers, were charged with submitting over $1.7 billion in false claims in a scheme to pay unlawful kickbacks and bribes from DME companies in exchange for the referral of Medicare beneficiaries by medical professionals working with fraudulent telemedicine companies for medically unnecessary DME including back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces.  DOJ; USAO MD FL; USAO NJ; USAO SC.

April 4, 2019

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Associates P.C. of New Haven, Connecticut, and its former owner Robert Sorrentino DDS, have agreed to pay $252,000 to settle claims that they submitted false claims to Medicaid by billing for services that were not provided, were not medically necessary, or were covered under other claims submitted for the same date of service.  The fraudulently-billed services included deep sedation or general anesthesia and removal of bone or tissue.  USAO CT

March 29, 2019

CareWell Urgent Care of Rhode Island, P.C., and Urgent Care Centers of New England Inc. have agreed to pay $2 million to settle a qui tam suit brought on by a former employee, Aileen Cartier. In violation of the False Claims Act, CareWell had falsely inflated the level of services provided and failed to identify service providers in claims submitted to Medicare, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Medicaid, and the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (GIC) between 2013 to 2018. For bringing on the suit, Cartier will receive a 17% relator's share. USAO MA

March 29, 2019

Acacia Mental Health Clinic and its owner, Abraham Freud, have agreed to pay $4.1 million to the United States and the State of Wisconsin for submitting false claims to Medicaid in violation of the False Claims Act. According to a qui tam complaint filed by whistleblower Rose Presser, Acacia billed for urine drug screens in simple "cup" tests as if a more sophisticated test had been performed. Acacia also billed for medically unnecessary and duplicative urine drug tests and telemedicine services performed by foreign-based psychiatrists in violation of Medicaid regulations. USAO EDWI

March 21, 2019

Nonprofit healthcare organization MedStar Health Inc. has agreed to pay $35 million to the United States to settle two qui tam lawsuits alleging violations of the False Claims Act at two of its hospitals in Baltimore. According to the first complaint, filed by three cardiac surgeons, MedStar paid illegal remuneration to MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates (MACVA) to induce referrals of Medicare patients. The second complaint, filed by former patients, alleged that while employed by MedStar, former MACVA employee Dr. John Wang engaged in a pattern of performing and billing for medically unnecessary cardiac stent procedures. DOJ

March 15, 2019

Long Island chiropractor Raymond R. Pellegrino pleaded guilty to charges arising from his fraudulent billing of private insurance companies.   Pellegrino falsely billed Anthem Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield over $2 million for services claimed to have been provided by doctors employed by him, when knew those services had not, in fact, been provided.  USAO EDNY

March 15, 2019

Connecticut Behavioral Health Associates, P.C. and its principal, psychiatrist Bassam Awwa, who treat patients for substance abuse, will pay $3.3 million in a settlement with the federal government and Connecticut. Defendants allegedly billed Medicare and Medicaid for multiple drug screening tests per patient visit, instead of the single test authorized.  In addition, defendants submitted bills for urine alcohol screening that were already a component of the single test, and for definitive urine drug tests that were not actually performed.  USAO CT

March 14, 2019

The former owner and former COO of Atlanta-based Primera Medical Group, Shailesh Kothari and Timothy McMenamin, were sentenced to prison terms of 6.75 and 7.75 years, respectively, for their roles in submitting more than $8.5 million in fraudulent invoices to private insurance companies for allergy testing and allergy immunotherapy services that were never provided and were not medically necessary.  Defendants submitted bills using the NPIs of doctors who had not performed the tests and, in fact, had no knowledge of the services.  To cover up the fact that the services were not provided, defendants would create false laboratory reports for insurers and patients who requested them.  USAO ND GA

March 11, 2019

Medical device manufacturer Covidien LP will pay $20 million to resolve False Claims Act cases initiated by three whistleblowers alleging that Covidien violated the Anti-Kickback Statute by providing remuneration to healthcare providers in California and Florida.  Covidien markets radiofrequency ablation catheters to providers including vein surgery practices for use in procedures for the treatment of varicose veins and underlying conditions, and allegedly provided its customers with substantial assistance in connection with marketing vein screening and related services in order to increase demand for such services and therefore induce purchases of Covidien's vein ablation products.  Covidien will pay $17.5 million to the United States; $1.5 million to California; and $1 million to Florida.  Two whistleblowers who were sales managers for Covidien, Erin Hayes and Richard Ponder, will share a $3.1 million whistleblower reward.  The settlement also resolves claims by whistleblower Shawnea Howerton, a former employee of one of Covidien's customers.  DOJ; USAO NDCal; FL

Skyline Urology — Healthcare Fraud ($2.1M)

Constantine Cannon represented a whistleblower in a qui tam lawsuit that alleged that from 2013 through 2016 a large urology practice had fraudulently and systematically misused a billing code in order to increase reimbursements from insurers, including Medicare and private insurers in California. The code, modifier 25, is properly used when a physician performs an evaluation and management service and a separate and distinct service on the same day. Billing with modifier 25 when no distinct service occurred can improperly inflate reimbursement rates and is known as “unbundling fraud.” The Federal Government recovered $1.85M and the State of California recovered $250,000 to resolve the allegations. For his efforts in uncovering the fraud, the whistleblower received a portion of both recoveries. See The National Law Review and Becker’s ASC Review for more.
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