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DOJ Levels Charges Against 36 Defendants for $1.2 Billion in Healthcare Fraud

The Department of Justice recently charged 36 defendants in 13 federal districts for “alleged fraudulent telemedicine, cardiovascular and cancer genetic testing and durable medical equipment (DME) schemes.” Criminal charges were levied against medical equipment companies, lab owners and executives, medical professionals, marketing firms and more. Other government agencies took additional administrative actions against 52 more Read More

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Orthopedic Surgeon Must Pay $343,000 to Settle Allegations of False Claims Act Violations

Dr. Mark Stephen Wilson, an orthopedic surgeon based in Oklahoma, will pay the federal government nearly $343,000 to resolve allegations of False Claims Act violations. According to the Department of Justice, Wilson accepted illegal kickback payments from Brookhaven Specialty Pharmacy LLC. Case background DOJ attorneys stated Wilson knowingly accepted payments from Brookhaven Specialty Pharmacy from Read More

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Catholic Medical Center Will Pay $3.8 MIllion to False Claims Act Case

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a $3.8 million settlement with Catholic Medical Center (CMC) to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by providing free call coverage to a cardiologist in exchange for patient referrals. Government attorneys said these actions violated the Anti-Kickback Statute. Case background The federal government alleged CMC Read More

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Georgia Cancer Specialists Will Pay $8 Million to Settle Medicare Fraud Claims

Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS), one of the nation’s largest oncology specialists, will pay the federal government $8 million to resolve Medicare fraud claims involving what a judge called a “sophisticated kickback scheme.” The whistleblowers who helped initiate the case will receive the maximum 30 percent award for reporting the fraud and assisting the federal government Read More

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Maryland Doctor Imprisoned Over Illegal Kickback Scheme

A doctor in Baltimore County, Maryland will spend eight months in federal prison and another with supervision upon release after he was involved with in a kickback scheme to prescribe pain medications known to be highly addictive. The illegal activity took place from 2012 to 2018. Case background The 65-year-old doctor is Howard J. Hoffberg, Read More

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Arthrex Agrees to $16 Million Settlement in Kickback Case

Arthrex Inc., an orthopedic device company based in Florida, agreed to pay $16 million to settle claims it violated the False Claims Act (FCA) in illegally paying kickbacks to a physician so that physician would use and recommend its products. The allegations in the case were originally brought forth by a whistleblower under the FCA’s Read More

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Former Medical Testing Lab CEO Settles False Claims Act Case

The Department of Justice recently announced it reached a settlement with Jae Lee, who formerly served as Chief Executive Officer of the Northwest Physicians Laboratory (NWPL). The terms of the settlement require Lee to pay $1.1 million to resolve allegations that NWPL violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute. Case background NWPL, which is Read More

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Charges Issued in $784 Million Telemedicine Kickback Scheme

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced charges from a grand jury in New Jersey issued against the owner of multiple telemedicine companies. The defendant is based in Florida and runs a group known as the Video Doctor Network, which allegedly participated in a widespread Medicare fraud scheme. Case background The owner of the Video Read More

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Two Memphis Healthcare Facilities Named in Whistleblower Lawsuit

Methodist Healthcare and West Cancer Center, both located in Memphis, Tennessee, were recently named in a whistleblower lawsuit revolving around illegal kickbacks to doctors. Former Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman and former Vice Chancellor for the University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center Dr. David Stern filed the whistleblower lawsuit, alleging the fraudulent scheme resulted Read More

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Hospital in West Virginia Reaches $50 Million Settlement in Whistleblower Case

Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia recently agreed to pay $50 million to the federal government to settle a whistleblower case alleging improper kickbacks and payments to doctors that were directed by hospital management. The settlement concluded a case that dates back to 2017, filed by former hospital executive vice president Louis Longo. Longo will receive Read More

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