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February 1, 2017

Posted  February 6, 2017

Florida urologist Dr. Meir Daller agreed to pay $3.81 million to resolve allegations he violated the False Claims Act by causing claims to be submitted to federal health care programs for laboratory tests that were not medically necessary.  Dr. Meir practices as part of Gulfstream Urology, a division of 21st Century Oncology, LLC, which is a nationwide provider of integrated cancer care services.  The government previously entered into settlements relating to similar allegations with 21st Century Oncology for $19.75 million and urologists David Spellberg and Robert Scappa for $1,050,000 and $250,000, respectively.  The allegations originated in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by Mariela Barnes, a former medical assistant for Dr. Spellberg at Naples Urology Associates, also a division of 21st Century Oncology.  She will receive a whistleblower award of $571,500 from the proceeds of the government’s recovery in this settlement.  This is in addition to a $3,437,000 million award she already received from the prior settlements.  DOJ (MDFL)

Tagged in: FCA Federal, Laboratory and IDTF, Lack of Medical Necessity, Medicare, Whistleblower Case, Whistleblower Rewards,