Category Archives: Healthcare Fraud

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: DOJ’s Pursuit of Alleged Drug Co-Pay Kickbacks Extends to the Charities Themselves

Back in May, we wrote about substantial settlements totaling $125 million to resolve Department of Justice (DOJ) allegations that money donated by Astellas Pharma US, Inc. and Amgen Inc. to drug co-pay charities constituted illegal kickbacks under the False Claims Act (FCA).  At the time, we noted that the settlements were the seventh and eighth such resolutions in the District of Massachusetts since December 2017,… More

Challenge to Attorneys’ Fees in False Claims Act Cases

Thanks to inexact language in a settlement agreement, a for-profit hospital chain can challenge whistleblowers’ eligibility for attorneys’ fees under the False Claims Act (“FCA”).  The single sentence that spawned nearly 5 years of litigation was: “All Parties agree that nothing in this Paragraph or this Agreement shall be construed in any way to release, waive or otherwise affect the ability of CHS to challenge or object to [whistleblower’s] claims for attorneys’ fees,… More

DOJ Takes Aim at Telehealth and Genetic Testing Markets

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to actively target the healthcare industry for False Claims Act (FCA) and other alleged violations, and it took significant steps to further its reach into the telehealth and genetic testing markets this week.  Prosecutors in the Southern District of Florida (SDFL) indicted the CEO of a genetic testing company in an alleged referral-source kickback scheme in which, according to the indictment,… More

Latest FCA Settlement Involving Massachusetts Lab Highlights Federal/State Cooperation

Late last month the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut issued a press release regarding the latest False Claims Act (FCA) settlement involving the healthcare industry in New England.  According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Clinical Science Laboratory, Inc. (CSL) and its individual owners agreed to pay over $1.5 million to settle claims that they had violated federal and state FCA laws.  The government stated that Massachusetts-based CSL provided urine drug testing services for substance abuse patients in Connecticut,… More

Two More Pharma Companies Resolve Co-Pay Foundation Kickback Claims – Prosecutors Continue Pursuit of Similar Cases

Federal and state prosecutors recently convened at the Boston Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Conference to discuss, among other topics, health care enforcement priorities. At the conference, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts (USAO) highlighted its recent focus on pharmaceutical companies that make donations to co-pay assistance foundations, an area where we have recently seen a flurry of False Claims Act (FCA) enforcement.… More

Government Attorneys Discuss Health Care Enforcement Priorities at BBA White Collar Crime Conference

Opioids, off-label marketing, and the home health industry will remain priorities for federal and state attorneys enforcing health care laws, according to comments made at the Boston Bar Association’s (BBA) White Collar Crime Conference.

The conference, held in Boston on April 22, featured speakers from the civil and criminal divisions of Boston’s U.S. Attorney’s Office and from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

Civil enforcement by the U.S.… More

Lessons from a Recent (and Rare) DOJ FCA Lawsuit Against a Private Equity Firm and Its Portfolio Pharmacy Company

Recently, a Florida federal judge dismissed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) False Claims Act (FCA) allegations against a compounding drug pharmacy and the pharmacy’s private equity (PE) owner.  For two reasons, the case may be illustrative of the DOJ’s increasingly aggressive pursuit of what it perceives as fraud within the healthcare industry.

First, it is noteworthy that DOJ suffered a dismissal of its FCA claims. … More

How Can Healthcare Labs and Testing Companies Avoid Fraud Investigations?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced recently that it reached a $63.5 million settlement with pathology lab Inform Diagnostics related to allegations of False Claims Act (FCA) and Stark Law violations.  The government alleged that the company had illegally provided referral-source doctors with subsidies for electronic health records (EHR) systems and free or discounted technology consulting services.  The case, which developed out of a whistleblower complaint, was prosecuted as a civil matter with the coordination multiple DOJ offices,… More