A Texas Heart Hospital and Subsidiary Company Agree to Pay $48 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Based on Violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute

The US Department of Justice announced on December 18, 2020, that Texas Heart Hospital of the Southwest LLP, a partially physician-owned hospital in Plano, Texas, and its wholly owned subsidiary, THHBP Management Company, LLC (collectively, the “Heart Hospital”) made a $48 million settlement of claims they violated...

Stark Law versus the Anti-Kickback Statute

Violations of either Stark Law or the Anti-Kickback Statute are usually grounds for filing a claim under the False Claims Act. Whistleblowers who know of instances where a physician has made referrals based on having a financial interest in the entity which is receiving the referral or know of instances where a doctor ...

Lab Company Quest Diagnostics Settles False Claims Act Lawsuits for $6 Million Dollars

In what has been a pattern in recent years, another diagnostics lab company settled for millions of dollars in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) allegation.  The main allegations here involved labs paying doctors kickbacks so that the doctors refer to the labs for certain services that were not necessary.  This was not ...

2015 To Be Strongest for Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims

If 2014 is any indication, 2015 will be the strongest year yet for Whistleblower claims and retaliation protection.  Recent years showed an increase in government enforcement along with emergence of whistleblower and retaliation claims. With strengthened statutes and favorable case law, the landscape is ripe for...