7 recent False Claims Act settlements

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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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