Columbus Pain Clinic and Owner Agree to Pay $650,000 to Resolve Allegations of Unnecessary Procedures

The US DOJ announced on January 24, 2020 that “Comprehensive Pain Management Institute and its owner, Leon Margolin, M.D., have agreed to pay the United States $650,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations that they knowingly billed Medicare for nerve conduction studies and alcohol/substance abuse assessments and ...

Reasons the DOJ May Decide to Intervene in a False Claims Act Case

Whistleblowers are encouraged to file False Claims Act cases to disclose fraud involving payments by the government. The whistleblower claims are called qui tam actions. The qui tam actions often involve Medicare and Medicaid fraud. They can involve the Department of Defense or any agency that makes payments in good fa...

Reasons the DOJ May Decide Not to Intervene in a False Claims Act Case

The US Department of Justice has three options when a whistleblower files a qui tam action: It can decide to intervene. Intervention means the DOJ will agree to prosecute the case against the defendants and seek recovery for false billings and for treble damages. It can decide not to intervene. Here, the whistl...