Kickbacks

Omnicare settles kickback, FCA cases for $31 million

Omnicare settles kickback, FCA cases for $31 million

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Long-term care pharmacy giant Omnicare agreed to pay a total of $31 million in May to settle allegations it submitted false claims and accepted kickbacks to promote certain drugs.

New pharmacy owner agrees to $5 million settlement in anti-kickback case

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A North Carolina pharmacy services company agreed Wednesday to pay a $5 million civil fine to settle federal anti-kickback violations alleged to have occurred under prior ownership, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced.

Former NQF safety advocate settles false claims complaint for $1 million

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The former chair of a National Quality Forum safety committee has agreed to pay a $1 million civil fine to settle allegations he violated the False Claims Act by soliciting and accepting kickbacks, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Doctor accused of vastly overprescribing antipsychotic to nursing home residents loses license

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A Chicago psychiatrist has been stripped of his medical license over charges that he received kickbacks and overprescribed antipsychotic drug clozapine to nursing home residents.

Omnicare reaches $124 million settlement in nursing home kickbacks case

Omnicare reaches $124 million settlement in nursing home kickbacks case

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The nation's largest long-term care pharmacy has agreed to a $124 million settlement over claims of kickbacks to nursing homes in the form of price breaks on certain drugs, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Supreme Court to hear case sparked by Omnicare deals

Supreme Court to hear case sparked by Omnicare deals

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A recent $4 million legal settlement over kickbacks for anemia drug Aranesp is small change compared to other recent deals Omnicare has made with federal authorities. News of these payouts hasn't escaped long-term care pharmacy investors, some of whom filed their own charges against the pharmacy provider, launching a case that is now set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court to decide whether Omnicare made illegal false statements to investors about nursing home kickbacks

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case alleging that the nation's largest long-term care pharmacy, Omnicare, broke the law by keeping potential investors in the dark about kickbacks to nursing homes, the high court announced Monday.

Government, Abbott Laboratories reach $5.5M settlement over stents

The Department of Justice and Abbott Laboratories agreed to a $5.48 million settlement on Dec. 27 related to allegations that physicians received kickbacks for pushing stents.

Doctor admits kickback role in sending homeless people to nursing homes, hospitals

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A California physician received kickbacks from skilled nursing facilities as part of a large-scale scheme to defraud government health programs, authorities announced Friday. Ovid Mercene, M.D., pleaded guilty to the fraud and related tax charges in U.S. District Court.

A tough retirement nest egg, the whistle-blowing way

A tough retirement nest egg, the whistle-blowing way

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Two big reactions hit me when news of Johnson & Johnson's $2.2 billion Risperdal settlement with the government landed this week. First, J&J probably made a lot more than it's paying out and, second, some individual probably is going to cash a nice paycheck for bringing it all to light.

The tricky language in long-term care

The tricky language in long-term care

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Of the many hot words in long-term care, two are guaranteed to get people's ears to perk up: "abuse" and "kickbacks."

Judge allows whistleblower FCA case against Omnicare

Judge allows whistleblower FCA case against Omnicare

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A whistleblower who alleges Omnicare Inc. paid kickbacks to nursing homes did not violate the False Claims Act, a judge has ruled.

Judge denies Omnicare's 'untimely' motion to disqualify whistleblower in nursing home kickbacks case

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Omnicare has failed to disqualify a whistleblower who alleges the long-term care pharmacy paid kickbacks to nursing homes, ruled a district court judge.

Nursing home hospice doctor faces up to 25 years in jail after kickback conviction

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A federal jury recently convicted a Philadelphia physician of receiving kickbacks from a hospice provider in exchange for referring Medicare and Medicaid patients. Eugene Goldman, M.D., will be sentenced in September, and faces up to 25 years in prison.

Comments on a public conference call led to whistleblower lawsuit against nursing home therapy provider

Comments on a public conference call led to whistleblower lawsuit against nursing home therapy provider

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Comments made during a therapy provider's public conference call in 2006 aroused the suspicion of a listener, who went on to file a whistleblower lawsuit. This was disclosed in a recent court filing in the case, which pits the whistleblower and the U.S. government against RehabCare, the provider that hosted the 2006 call.

Judge lets kickback case vs. therapy provider go forward

Judge lets kickback case vs. therapy provider go forward

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A whistleblower lawsuit involving a nursing home chain and therapy providers in Missouri can move forward, a federal judge has ruled. The False Claims Act case originated with allegations that a therapy company received more than $10 million in kickbacks as part of a scheme to overbill Medicare and Medicaid.

Amgen pays $25 million to settle whistleblower case over kickbacks to long-term care pharmacies

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Biotechnology company Amgen will pay $24.9 million in a settlement over whistleblower allegations that the company paid kickbacks to long-term care pharmacies to increase the use of an anemia drug in nursing homes.

Stop making excuses

Stop making excuses

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In healthcare, there's a knee-jerk fear that admitting a mistake or error in judgment will lead to a lawsuit, and so an excuse is made. While it's important to hear someone out as to their reasoning for, say, a resident care plan, there is a difference between explanation and excuse.

Anti-kickback provision could penalize innocent Medicare providers, attorneys say

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A provision of the Affordable Care Act on kickbacks could ensnare innocent providers, panelists said at a recent American Health Lawyers Association conference.

Mariner settles multimillion kickback case

Maryland and North Carolina are among several states set to receive a portion of the settlement stemming from a nursing home company kickback case.