MedStar Health, based in Maryland, has agreed to pay $35 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that it paid kickbacks to a cardiology group in exchange for referrals. MedStar allegedly paid the kickbacks under the guise of professional service agreements. The lawsuit was brought forth by two whistleblowers, both cardiac surgeons at MedStar. Under the settlement, the whistleblowers will receive a share of the recovery. To read more from the Baltimore Sun, click here.
7 people- ranging from business owners to firefighters and cops- were charged with fraud for allegedly recruiting people to get unnecessary medicine and taking a percentage of the profits while health care insurers picked up the bill. The scheme involved recruiting people in New Jersey to get expensive and unnecessary medications from a Louisiana pharmacy that had agreed to pay a company a percentage on the prescriptions brought in. To read the full story from U.S. Today, click here.
A Connecticut doctor, Dr. Ramil Mansourov, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for health care fraud related to billing Medicaid nearly $5 million for home, office and nursing home visits that never occurred. In addition, Mansourov’s conspirator, Dr. Bharat Patel, plead guilty to writing hundreds of medically unnecessary prescriptions for oxycodone. To read the full DOJ press release, click here.
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