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May 30, 2019

Posted  May 30, 2019

Joseph P. Galichia, a cardiologist in Wichita, Kansas, will pay $5.8 million to resolve allegations under the False Claims Act that he and his practice, Galichia Medical Group, P.A., implanted cardiac stents in patients who did not need them, and billed Medicare, the Defense Health Agency, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program for these medically unnecessary procedures. Galichia will also be excluded from participating in federal healthcare programs for three years. The case was initiated by a whistleblower, Aly Gadalla, M.D., who filed a qui tam complaint.  Dr. Gadalla will receive a whistleblower reward of $1.16 million.  This is the third time Galichia had settled FCA claims against him and his practice. DOJ; USAO Kan

Tagged in: FCA Federal, Healthcare Fraud, Lack of Medical Necessity, Provider Fraud, Whistleblower Case, Whistleblower Rewards,