7 recent False Claims Act settlements

The following healthcare organizations entered into settlement agreements to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act since Oct. 1.

1. South Miami Hospital settles whistle-blower suit for $12M
South Miami (Fla.) Hospital, a 100-bed nonprofit hospital, agreed to pay the federal government approximately $12 million to resolve allegations it submitted false claims to federal healthcare programs.

2. Fla. orthopedic medical group to pay $4.5M to settle false claims allegations
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Southeast Orthopedic Specialists agreed to pay the federal government $4.5 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations.

3. 3 orthopedic clinics accused of submitting false claims settle for $2M
Two orthopedic clinics in California and one in Nevada agreed to pay a combined $2.39 million to resolve federal and state False Claims Act allegations.

4. Skilled nursing facility chain inks $145M settlement in false claims case
Cleveland, Tenn.-based Life Care Centers of America, which owns more than 220 skilled nursing facilities across the country, and its owner agreed to pay $145 million to resolve a False Claims Act case.

5. Arizona hospital pay $5.85M to resolve false claims allegations
Prescott Valley, Ariz.-based Yavapai Regional Medical Center agreed to pay $5.85 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act by misreporting data about the hours worked by its employees.

6. Omnicare to pay over $28M to settle kickback allegations
Cincinnati-based Omnicare agreed to pay $28.1 million to resolve allegations the company received kickbacks from Chicago-based pharmaceutical company Abbott Laboratories to promote a prescription drug for epilepsy. The lawsuit was filed under the qui tam provision of the False Claims Act. 

7. New York medical practice to pay $5.3M to settle false claims case
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-based Hudson Valley Hematology Oncology Associates agreed to pay $5.3 million to resolve claims that the company routinely waived copayments without a lawful basis and fraudulently billed Medicare for those copayments.

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