Maryland-based splint supplier Dynasplint Systems Inc., and its founder and president, George Hepburn, agreed to pay roughly $10.3 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing Medicare for splints provided to patients in skilled nursing facilities. According to the government, to circumvent Medicare rules which provide for bundled payment to these facilities that cover all of a patient’s needs, Hepburn and Dynasplint mispresented that patients were in their homes or other places that were not skilled nursing facilities. The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former Dynasplint sales executive Meredith Deane under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. Ms. Deane will receive a whistleblower award of roughly $2 million from the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ
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