Hawaii Hospital Settles Qui Tam Lawsuit for $2.5 Million

The largest private hospital in Hawaii has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle two lawsuits alleging the Honolulu based hospital overcharged Medicare, the state’s Medicaid program and TRICARE, a health benefits program for military dependents. The settlement has come after five years of negotiation between The Queen’s Medical Center and the government. Two whistleblowers,…

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Healthways Pays $40 Million in 15-Year Qui Tam Lawsuit

A 15-year qui tam lawsuit against Healthways, Inc. has been settled for almost $40 million in damages and fees to the U.S. government and the whistleblower. A former marketing representative for Healthways, A. Scott Pogue, filed a qui tam lawsuit under the United States Civil False Claims Act. Mr. Pogue will receive between 25 and…

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Minnesota Hospitals Pay $2.28 Million in Whistleblower Suit Settlement

Three HealthEast hospitals will pay the federal government $2.28 million in a whistleblower lawsuit settlement for overcharging Medicare on a type of spinal surgery known as kyphoplasty. The procedure can be performed as outpatient surgery, but was allegedly billed by the hospitals as inpatient from 2002 to 2007, overcharging Medicare and increasing their revenue. The…

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WellCare Pays $80 Million to Avoid Criminal Prosecution

In an effort to punish but not hurt, Florida’s largest Medicaid provider will pay $80 million to the U.S. government to avoid criminal prosecution for health care fraud. WellCare Health Plans Inc. is charged with implementing an elaborate Medicaid fraud scheme which defrauded the Florida Medicaid program and Florida Healthy Kids Corporation out of $40…

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Forest Laboratories Income Slides with $170 Million to Go Towards False Claims Investigation

“Forest Laboratories set aside $170 million related to a Justice Department investigation into its marketing and promotion of two antidepressants in the fiscal fourth quarter, when net income slid 46 percent to $92.8 million compared with last year’s fourth quarter.” The case is being led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts….

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Hurricane Katrina Contractor Settles with U.S. Government for $4 Million

A Virginia based disaster relief company and its partners will pay the U.S. government $4 million to settle a False Claims complaint alleging the company accepted payment for work which was not completely performed based on a contract with the Department of Homeland Security. The company, Lighthouse Disaster Relief and its partners Gary Heldreth and…

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Alta Colleges Pay U.S. $7 Million for False Claims; Initial Suit by Unnamed Whisltblowers

Alta Colleges Inc., the parent company of Westwood College in Fort Worth, Texas, will pay the U.S. government $7 million for allegedly submitting false claims for federal student aid funds.  Alta’s Texas colleges were accused of misrepresenting compliance with professional licensing and state job-placement reporting requirements. The federal suit was initially filed by unnamed whistleblowers…

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