The District of Justice announced on March 12, 2020 that Sterling Medical Associates was settling charges by the DOJ that it violated the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act is a federal law that allows the government to seek repayment and penalties against anyone who submits false claims to federal agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Medicare, and Medicaid.
Whistleblowers who originate the False Claims Act case are generally entitled to a significant percentage of any recovery if they meet certain requirements and if they file their claim through an attorney.
The DOJ announced that Sterling provides healthcare services such as outpatient clinics and staffing. The DOJ asserted that Sterling “failed to schedule veterans’ medical appointments timely at two outpatient clinics in Minnesota.” This led the company to submit false claims to the VA.
The VA maintains outpatient clinics throughout the country including in Minnesota where the false claims are alleged to have originated. Sterling had been granted a contract to operate several clinics on behalf of the VA in 2013. The contract required that “routine appointments be scheduled within 14 calendar days of the veteran’s requested appointment date.”
The DOJ charged that between July 2013 and April 2014, Sterling failed to schedule the appointments for patients in that 14 day time frame. It then changed the appointment dates to look the patients did get treatment within those 14 days. Veterans deserve prompt attention to their medical needs. Clinics that seek payments even though they failed to meet veterans in a timely manner are doing those veterans a disservice.
The California Law Offices of Stephen A. Danz and Associates represents whistleblowers who disclose fraud involving federal agencies and state agencies. We have the experience and resources to help you pursue your qui tam claim. In False Claims Act cases, we work to have the DOJ intervene in your case. If your company is involved in fraud, call us at 877-789-9707 or fill out our online contact form to discuss your rights to disclose the fraud and possibly receive a percentage of the recovery. Se habla espanol.