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
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