Nation’s Leading Medical Eye Surgery Equipment Supplier Sightpath Settles with Government for $12 Million after Allegations of False Claims Act and Medicare Fraud

The largest monetary False Claims Act (“FCA”) case this week was by one of the nation’s leading provider of mobile equipment and services for eye surgery Sightpath.  The company admitted no wrongdoing yet settled with the government for $12 million dollars after allegations surfaced that it violated the FCA and ...

Large Academic Medical Center Paying $6.5 Million and Medical Supply Company Paying $2.7 Million to Settle Medicare Fraud Allegations

In another multi-million dollar settlement, a health care system is paying millions to the government to settle allegations that it defrauded the Medicare program.  In the Vandebilt Hospital settlement, three formerly employed physicians claimed that the surgery center implemented fraudulent scheduling practices that ...

Hospice and Rehab Company Settlements Totaling $20 Million Dollars in Whistleblower Cases

For our weekly recap of False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower settlement, we have a $19.5 million dollar settlement between management, therapy and hospice companies and the government for alleged Medicare billing fraud.  This is an interesting web of collusion between companies that should care for the elderly a...

Two Nurse Whistleblowers Receive $350,000 for Reporting False Claims Act Violations in form of Medically Unnecessary Services by Hospice Providers

Our Los Angeles Whistleblower Attorneys report another multi-million dollar settlement for alleged violations of the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  Between 2005 to 2011, several nursing homes and hospice care facilities admitted patients who did not actually need hospice care.  In turn, the facilities billed Medicare...

This Week’s FCA Update Includes Rhine Drug Company Fraud and Florida MCO Risk Adjustment Fraud

Last week, a pharmacy and drug company settled False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuits for millions of dollars.  The allegations focused on violations of the FCA and Controlled Substances Act.  Specifically, the pharmacists billed government agencies such as Medicare for more than they actually dispensed and did not ke...

San Diego Hospice Company Defrauds Government and Pays $3.5 Million Dollar Settlement to Medicare/Med-Cal and Whistleblower

Our Southern California Whistleblower and False Claims Act attorneys reported another multi-million dollar settlement reached against San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care Corporation (“SDHPC”).  Of note, not all palliative care falls within hospice care.  Rather, palliative care is meant to relieve symptoms of a...

Valley Tumor Medical Group Settles Major Whistleblower Lawsuit for $3 Million Dollars for False Billing of Medicare, Medi-Cal and TRICARE

Our Los Angeles False Claims Act and Whistleblower law attorneys report another major multi-million dollar settlement against a health care provider.  This time it is against a California based oncology center.  The allegations were brought by a former center technician who claimed that the oncology center submitted ...

Home Health Service Providers in Oakland and Palm Springs Settle Multi-Million Dollar Whistleblower Action for Falsifying Med-Cal Billing

Our Sacramento and San Francisco based employment law attorneys reported that last week a multi-million dollar settlement in a False Claims Act (“FCA”) whistleblower case.  The allegations in the whistleblower (or relator) complaint alleged that home based service providers Alternative Learning Center of Oakland a...

Court Hits Nursing Home Chain Consulate Health Care with $347 Million False Claims Act Fraud Judgment

A recently announced judgment by a district court held a nursing home chain named Consulate Health Care liable for $347 million dollars in total judgment for 446 cited false claims of unlawfully upcoding Medicare claims for patient therapy services. The judgment was entered by Judge Merryday following a jury verdict ...

Bilking Money from Medicare Does Not Pay – Walgreens and Bay Sleep Clinic Settle FCA Whistleblower Lawsuits for Over $50 Million Dollars

Our Los Angeles based False Claims Act (“FCA”) focused attorneys report that after a qui tam whistleblower lawsuit was filed against Walgreens, Walgreens recently paid $50 million to settle allegations of kickback and violations of the FCA.  In the settlement agreement, Walgreens settled allegations that it violat...