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June 2018 Archives

Whistleblower to receive $1,402,500 in False Claims Act case

"When hospices increase their bottom lines by billing taxpayers for unneeded services, they are diverting money from vulnerable, terminally-ill individuals," said a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General. "Worse yet, these patients may not be receiving care for medical needs that would otherwise be covered in a non-hospice setting."

Hospital to pay $784,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations

Livingston Regional Hospital, LLC, of Tennessee has agreed to settle a False Claims Act case brought against it in federal court. It will resolve the allegations for $784,000. The hospital is owned by LifePoint Health, Inc., which operates hospitals across the U.S.

Whistleblowers to get $4,276,900 reward in improper billing case

A company called Healogics, Inc., has agreed to settle False Claims Act allegations for up to $22.51 million. The Florida company, which manages almost 700 hospital-based wound care centers nationwide, is accused of knowingly causing their wound care centers to falsely bill Medicare for hyperbaric oxygen ("HBO") therapy that was either unreasonable or medically unnecessary.

Nursing home concern to pay $30 million in False Claims Act case

Skilled nursing facilities are in a position of trust. Especially when Medicare and Medicaid are involved, some nursing home patients are vulnerable. To protect them and the American taxpayer, their care should always be directed by their medical needs; never by the financial interests of the nursing home.

3 whistleblowers to get $4.4 million in Navy contract fraud case

Three former employees of a UK-based marine services contractor called Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Limited filed a lawsuit accusing Inchcape and some of its subsidiaries with intentionally defrauding the U.S. Navy. The federal government intervened in the case, which was brought under the False Claims Act. Under the FCA, the government can obtain triple damages and penalties from parties who commit fraud in relation to government contracts.

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