8 latest False Claims Act settlements

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

1. Vibra Healthcare to pay $32.7M to settle false claims case
Vibra Healthcare, a national hospital chain based in Mechanicsburg, Pa., agreed to pay the federal government more than $32.7 million to resolve claims it billed Medicare for medically unnecessary services in violation of the False Claims Act.

2. California SNF, executives will pay $30M over improper billing
Dana Point, Calif.-based North American Health Care and two of its executives will pay a total of $30 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act.

3. Medical equipment companies settle false claims allegations for $12.2M
Milford, N.J.-based U.S. Healthcare Supply and the owner of Milford-based Oxford Diabetic Supply agreed to pay the federal government a total of $12.2 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act.

4. Senior Healthcare Associates to pay $930k to settle false claims allegations
Hermitage, Pa.-based Senior Healthcare Associates agreed to pay $930,000 to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act.

5. Coastal Spine and Pain will pay $7.4M to settle billing fraud allegations
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Coastal Spine and Pain agreed to pay the federal government $7.4 million to resolve allegations Coastal violated the False Claims Act by billing government payers for medically unnecessary drug screenings.

6. Mount Sinai hospitals to pay $2.9M to settle false claims case
Three hospitals that are part of New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System agreed to pay a total of $2.95 million for delaying repayment of more than $800,000 in Medicaid overpayments in violation of the False Claims Act.

7. Anesthesia group will pay $1M to resolve kickback allegations
Alpharetta, Ga.-based Sweet Dreams Nurse Anesthesia agreed to pay more than $1 million to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute by paying kickbacks to healthcare providers for referrals.

8. St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center to pay $3.2M to resolve false billing allegations
Syracuse, N.Y.-based St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center will pay $3.2 million to resolve allegations it submitted false claims for payment to the New York Medicaid program.

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