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DOJ Catch Of The Week -- PharMerica Corporation

Posted  05/15/15
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "catch of the week" goes to PharMerica Corporation, an organization of long-term care pharmacies that dispense medications to residents of nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities across the country.  Yesterday, PharMerica agreed to pay $31.5 million to settle charges it violated the Controlled Substances Act by dispensing Schedule II...

August 20, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch announced they have entered into settlement agreements with New Rochelle nursing home Ralex Services, Inc., doing business as Glen Island Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, to resolve allegations the facility and its owner Leah Friedman submitted tens of thousands of inflated claims to the New York State Medicaid Program. According to the government, the 182-bed Glen Island facility submitted more than 62,000 false claims to New York’s Department of Health from April 2002 to November 2006. The false claims used Medicaid reimbursement rates based, in part, on up-coded Patient Review Instruments (PRIs), which falsely represented the degree of care required by many Glen Island residents. Under the settlement, Glen Island Center and Friedman will return $2.2M to Medicaid. NYAG

August 12, 2014

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that the Northern Manor Multicare Center nursing home agreed to pay $6.5M to resolve allegations it was not providing services as represented in its claims for payment to Medicaid. NYAG

June 25, 2014

Ohio-based Omnicare Inc., the country’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes, agreed to pay $124 million to settle government charges of offering improper financial incentives to skilled nursing facilities in return for their continued selection of Omnicare to supply drugs to their elderly Medicare and Medicaid patients. Donald Gale, former employee of Omnicare Inc., will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $17M from the settlementDOJ
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