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DOJ Catch of the Week -- CenterLight Healthcare

Posted  01/22/16
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team This week's Department of Justice "Catch of the Week" goes to New York-based CenterLight Healthcare, Inc. and CenterLight Health System, Inc.  Yesterday, the companies agreed to pay $46.7 million to resolve allegations that they violated the federal and New York State False Claims Acts by enrolling ineligible members in their Medicaid managed long-term care plan. ...

December 19, 2014

Boston-based records storage company Iron Mountain agreed to pay $44.5M to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by overcharging federal agencies for record storage services under General Services Administration (GSA) contracts. The charges originated with a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Brent Stanley, a former Iron Mountain employee, and Patrick McKillop, who worked in the records management industry. Collectively, they will receive a whistleblower reward of $8M. DOJ

December 3, 2014

Rite Aid Corporation agreed to pay $3M to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by offering illegal inducements to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to transfer their prescriptions to Rite Aid pharmacies. The government alleged that from 2008 to 2010, Rite Aid had improperly influenced the decisions of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to transfer their prescriptions to Rite Aid pharmacies by offering them gift cards in exchange for their business. The charges originated in a whistleblower complaint filed by Jack Chin under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Chin will receive a whistleblower award of approximately $500,000. DOJ

December 1, 2014

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) agreed to pay $4M to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that it submitted false claims to the Corporation for National and Community Service concerning AmeriCorps state and national grants. The allegations first arose from a whistleblower lawsuit filed by MCCCD employee Christine Hunt under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. She will receive a whistleblower award of $775,827. DOJ

December 1, 2014

North Atlantic Medical Services Inc., doing business as Regional Home Care Inc., agreed to pay $852,378 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid for respiratory therapy services provided by unlicensed personnel. NAMS is a medical device company based in Massachusetts that provides equipment and services for the treatment of respiratory ailments, such as oxygen deficiency and sleep apnea. According to the government, from September 2010 to January 2013, NAMS used unlicensed employees to set up sleep apnea masks and oxygen therapy equipment for patients in Massachusetts. The charges were initiated by former NAMS employees Konstantinos Gakis and Demetri Papageorgiou who filed a whistleblower action under the qui tamprovisions of the False Claims Act. They will receive a whistleblower award of $153,428. DOJ

November 12, 2014

Home healthcare agency CareAll Management LLC agreed to pay $25M to settle charges it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false and upcoded home healthcare billings to Medicare and Medicaid. According to the government, between 2006 and 2013, CareAll overstated the severity of patients’ conditions to increase billings and billed for services that were not medically necessary and rendered to patients who were not homebound. The current allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Toney Gonzales under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act.  Gonzales will receive a whistleblower award in an undisclosed amount.  Whistleblower Insider

November 6, 2014

Medical device maker Biotronik Inc. agreed to pay $4.9M to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce physicians to use its products. Specifically, the government charged that Biotronik induced electrophysiologists and cardiologists practicing in Nevada and Arizona to use Biotronik pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices by paying them in the form of repeated meals at expensive restaurants and inflated payments for membership on a physician advisory board. The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Biotronik employee, Brian Sant, under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Sant will receive a whistleblower award of $840,000. DOJ

October 30, 2014

San Francisco based hospital system Dignity Health (formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West) agreed to pay $37M to settle False Claim Act charges that 13 of its hospitals in California, Nevada and Arizona submitted false claims to Medicare and TRICARE by admitting patients for inpatient services who could have been treated on a less costly, outpatient basis. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Kathleen Hawkins, a former employee of Dignity. She will receive a whistleblower award of $6.25M. DOJ

October 29, 2014

North Florida Shipyards and its president, Matt Self, agreed to pay $1M to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by creating a front company, Ind-Mar Services Inc., to improperly secure Coast Guard contracts that were designated for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by Robert Hallstein and Earle Yerger under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. They will receive a whistleblower award of $180,000.DOJ

October 29, 2014

Medical device maker EBI LLC, doing business as Biomet Spine and Bone Healing Technologies and Biomet Inc., agreed to pay $6M to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce use of its bone growth stimulators, which are used to repair fractures that are slow to heal. Specifically, the government alleged that from 2001 to 2008 EBI paid staff at doctors’ offices (through personal service agreements) to influence doctors to order its bone growth stimulators. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former EBI product manager Yu Yue under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, who will receive an undisclosed whistleblower award. DOJ
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