October 1, 2018

“United States Files False Claims Act Complaint against Community Health Network for Stark Law Violations“

The US Department of Justice announced, on January 7, 2020, that it had filed a complaint against Community Health Network Inc. (Community) in Indiana claiming the health provider had submitted false claims to Medicare. Stark law prohibits medical providers from billing Medicare “for services referred by a physician with whom…

Whistleblower’s Qui Tam Lawsuit against Insys Unsealed
October 1, 2018

“Teva Pharmaceutical Agrees to Pay $54 Million to Settle False Claims Act Kickback Charges“

Fierce Pharma reported on January 7, 2020, that Teva, a drug maker, has agreed to pay the $54 million sum to settle a claim brought by a whistleblower that it paid kickbacks, in the form of sham consultant and speaker fees, to several doctors. The whistleblowers were two former sales…

federal-false-act-lawyer
October 1, 2018

“Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbors“

The Anti-Kickback Statute provides that doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers can’t induce medical providers to refer patients based on illegal inducements and incentives. Generally, payments of cash, payment above fair market value, and payments for services such as speeches that are never delivered or are worthless are considered kickbacks.…

violating-the-false-claims-act
October 1, 2018

“Appellate Judge Sexually Harassed Women, Calif. Panel Says“

The Olympian reported on January 13, 2020 that a California judicial panel fount that a judge on the California Appeals court “sexually harassed numerous women at the courthouse, including a fellow judge whom he repeatedly groped and propositioned over nine years.” The Justice, Jeffrey Johnson, could be removed from the…

False Claims Act Violations
October 1, 2018

“Whistleblower Awarded $23 Million for His Role in the Settlement of An Office Depot False Claims Act Case“

Whistleblowergov.org reported in 2015 that 1,000 public schools across California will receive the lion’s share of a $68.5 settlement of a California False Claims Act (FCA) case. Office Depot settled the case, without an admission of liability, based on allegations it “fraudulently overcharged California school districts for school supplies.” The…

Whistleblower’s Qui Tam Lawsuit against Insys Unsealed
October 1, 2018

“What Is the Anti-Kickback Statute and How Does It Relate to the False Claims Act?“

The federal Anti-Kickback Statute is a federal law that essentially provides that doctors can’t accept and healthcare entities (such as hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical suppliers, and laboratories) can’t offer remuneration - in order to obtain referrals. Medical referrals should be based on what is best for a patient and not…

Whistleblower’s Qui Tam Lawsuit against Insys Unsealed
October 1, 2018

“US Department of Justice Announces that Louisiana Department of Health Will Settle Allegations of False Medicaid Claim Bills for Hospice and Nursing Home Car for $13.42 Million“

On November 13, 2019, the US Department of Justice announced that the Louisiana Department of Health has settled claims that it submitted “false and inflated Medicaid claims for long-term nursing home and hospice care” for $13,422.550. The Assistant US Attorney General said that the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, which…

Whistleblower’s Qui Tam Lawsuit against Insys Unsealed

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