May 30, 2019
Joseph P. Galichia
, a cardiologist in Wichita, Kansas, will pay $5.8 million
to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that he and his practice, Galichia Medical Group, P.A., implanted cardiac stents in patients who did not need them, and billed Medicare, the Defense Health Agency, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for these medically unnecessary procedures. Galichia will also be excluded from participating in federal healthcare programs for three years. The case was initiated by a whistleblower, Aly Gadalla, M.D.
, who filed a qui tam complaint. Dr. Gadalla will receive a whistleblower reward of $1.16 million
. This is the third time Galichia had settled FCA claims against him and his practice. DOJ
; USAO Kan