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 ...

Prescription Drug Company Omnicare Settles Whistleblower Complaint for $8 Million

Our Los Angeles Whistleblower Attorneys reported that one of the largest prescription drug companies swiftly agreed to settle a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower claim for false billing of Medicare and Medicaid.  The crux of the complaint was that in 28 states, including California, Omnicare billed the government f...

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 ...

Justice Department Catches Hospice Creekside/Skilled Healthcare Group in $70 Million Dollar False Claims Act Scheme

Negotiations continue between the Justice Department and Creekside Hospice/Skilled Healthcare Group concerning allegations that the hospice health care provider breached the False Claims Act (“FCA”) when it sought Medicare reimbursement for ineligible services.  The whistleblowers claimed in a lawsuit that Creeksi...

Justice Department Reaches $60 Million Dollar Settlement with TeamHealth/IPC

Our Los Angeles attorneys report that TeamHealth, the parent of a local physician management and staffing company by the name of IPC Healthcare (located in North Hollywood, CA), agreed to settle with the Department of Justice after allegations arose that it violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  The Complaint all...

$66 Million Dollar Settlement in Novartis Patient Kickback Lawsuit and Additional Wrongful Termination Action against LA Times

This week, the courts disclosed yet another massive multi-million dollar settlement that will undoubtedly discourage future similar kickback schemes while encouraging other whistleblowers to come forward. A former Novartis Pharmaceuticals sales manager blew the whistle on his company’s patient referral kickback schem...

2016 Surges On With More Million-Dollar Whistleblower Recoveries

On January 12, 2016, the Justice Department announced a settlement that exemplifies what has become classic health care fraud.  Indeed, the nation’s largest Skilled Nursing Facility (“SNF”) therapy provider Kindred/Rehabcare agreed to resolve its False Claims Act (“FCA”) case with the government for $125 Mil...