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Dignity Health to Pay $37 Million in False Claims Suit

Dignity Health has agreed to pay the United States $37 million to settle allegations that 13 of its hospitals in California, Nevada and Arizona defrauded Medicare and TRICARE by admitting patients who could have been treated on a less costly out-patient basis. Dignity Health is based in San Francisco and […]

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North Florida Shipyards To Pay $1 Million

North Florida Shipyards and its president have agreed to pay $1 million to the United States to settle claims that they violated the False Claims Act by creating a front company in order to be awarded Coast Guard contracts that were designated for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs). […]

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President of Guardrail Company Admits Trinity Did Not Provide Notice of Design Changes

The president of Trinity Highway Products, Gregory Mitchell, testified at trial that his company did not tell a single state about design changes when they were made in 2005. The testimony came on October 16, 2014 in a False Claims Act case against Trinity. The lawsuit alleged that the company […]

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Whistleblower Trial Finds Trinity Guilty of Defrauding Federal Government

On October 20, 2014, a jury in Texas returned a verdict of $175 million against guardrail manufacturer, Trinity Industries, Inc. (“Trinity”). The jury found that Trinity deliberately withheld information about cost-saving changes to the design of its highway guardrail system that increased the dangers faced by motorists on the nation’s […]

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New York Lab To Settle False Claims Act Case for $6 Million

Bostwick Laboratories, Inc., an anatomic and pathology lab based in Uniondale, New York, has agreed to pay $6,048,000 to resolve claims pursued under the False Claims Act. The qui tam (“whistleblower”) lawsuit alleged that Bostwick improperly offered incentives to physicians in exchange for referrals and billed for unordered tests and […]

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ET-Plus Manufacturer Found Guilty of Fraud

The manufacturer of the ET-Plus guardrail system that has been under much scrutiny was found guilty Monday by a Texas jury of defrauding the federal government. Trinity Industries made a design change in 2005 to the end terminal unit without informing the Federal Highway Administration of the change. State governments […]

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Community Health Systems, Inc. to Pay $97 Million to Settle Whistleblower Suits

Earlier this week, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Community Health Systems, Inc. will pay $97 million to resolve multiple whistleblower cases brought against the company under the False Claims Act. The global settlement will resolve seven qui tam (“whistleblower”) lawsuits brought in federal courts throughout the country. […]

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Nursing Home Pharmacy Company Settles False Claims Case

Omnicare, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of pharmaceuticals and pharmacy services to nursing homes, recently agreed to pay $124.4 million to settle a whistleblower suit. The government asserted that Omnicare offered improper financial incentives to skilled nursing facilities in return for their continued selection of Omnicare to supply drugs to […]

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Tenet Healthcare Settles False Claims Act Case for $5 Million

Tenet Healthcare Corp., an owner of various hospitals and medical centers, recently settled a whistleblower case for $5 million. In this False Claims Act case, Tenet was accused of paying kickbacks to doctors in return for patient referrals to its hospitals. Specifically, Tenet was accused of paying kickbacks to doctors […]

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Article Highlights Excessive Medicare Billings

The New York Times recently reported on Medicare billing data which was released over the opposition of the American Medical Association and other industry groups. The data revealed that a single practitioner in Brooklyn in 2012 submitted billings for $4.1 million from Medicare. The Brooklyn practice of Wael Bakry, a […]

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