Two Labs to Pay $48.5 Million for Referral Fee Kickbacks and Unnecessary Testing

The Department of Justice announced that two cardiovascular disease testing laboratories have agreed to collectively pay $48.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations.  According to DOJ, Health Diagnostics Laboratory Inc. (HDL) and Singulex Inc. paid kickbacks to physicians for referrals and billed for unnecessary tests. The allegations against HDL and Singulex were brought by…

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Adventist Health System to Pay $5.4 Million for Unsupervised Radiation Services

DOJ announced that Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corporation (“Adventist Health System”) has agreed to pay $5,412,502 to settle allegations that it provided radiation services to cancer patients that were not supervised by a radiation oncologist or other qualified person: Radiation oncology services provided to patients served by Medicare and TRICARE, the Department of Defense’s…

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Gilbane Building Company to Pay $1.1 Million for Fraudulently Obtaining Contracts Set Aside for Disabled Vets

The Department of Justice announced that Gilbane Building Company has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle allegations that W.G. Mills Incorporated (now part of Gilbane) created a front-company in order to obtain contracts set aside for small businesses owned by disabled veterans: To qualify as a SDVOSB [Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business], a…

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Department of Justice Intervenes in Lawsuit Against Florida Cardiologist Alleging Unnecessary Interventions and Payment of Kickbacks

The Department of Justice announced today that it has intervened in two whistleblower cases alleging that Florida cardiologist Dr. Asad Qamar and the Institute for Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC, his physician group, billed Medicare for medically unnecessary procedures and paid kickbacks to patients: The lawsuits allege that Qamar and ICE performed excessive and medically unnecessary peripheral artery interventional…

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Lockheed Martin Pays $27.5 Million to Settle FCA Allegations

DOJ announced on Friday that Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems has agreed to pay $27.5 million to settle allegations that the company improperly billed for work done by employees who failed to meet the requirements of Lockheed’s contract: The alleged labor mischarging occurred on the Rapid Response (CR2) contract and the Strategic Services Sourcing (S3) contract,…

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DOJ Intervenes in Case Against Nevada Hospice

The government has intervened in a suit brought by a whistleblower alleging that Creekside Hospice LLC and affiliated entities improperly enrolled patients in its hospice programs that were not terminally ill.  Creekside allegedly altered records to render patients eligible for hospice care and to eliminate references to patients’ improved health.  The hospice company also allegedly…

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Virginia Attorney General Expands Medicaid Fraud Fighting Efforts

Ken Cuccinelli, Attorney General of Virginia, has almost doubled the size of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to nearly 80 employees.  The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit handles Medicaid fraud and elder abuse cases.  Over the last 30 years, the unit has recovered almost $800 million, collecting more than $15 million last year. Cuccinelli has also…

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