A series of anesthesia businesses collectively known as Sweet Dreams Nurse Anesthesia agreed to pay roughly $1 million to settle charges they violated the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute and Georgia False Medicaid Claims Act by paying unlawful kickbacks to health care providers for referrals. According to the government, one alleged scheme involved Sweet Dreams’ provision of free anesthesia drugs to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in exchange for granting Sweet Dreams an exclusive contract to provide anesthesia services at those ASCs. A second alleged scheme allegedly involved the agreement of an affiliate of Sweet Dreams to fund the construction of an ASC in exchange for contracts for Sweet Dreams’ selection as the exclusive anesthesia provider. The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Adam Nauss. He will receive a yet-to-be-determined whistleblower award from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ (MDGA)
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