CHS and Medhost have categorically denied all of the allegations in the complaint. As the use of electronic health records (EHRs) has expanded at a rapid pace, so too has the fraud associated with these systems. An EHR is a digital version, or database, of a patient’s paper charts. The…
Filing focuses on generic drug costs levied by pharmacies absorbed by the pharmacy giant. In 2013, J. Douglas Strauser, a pharmacist, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Stephen L. LaFrance Holdings Inc. and Walgreens, alleging that they overcharged Medicaid for generic drugs by not giving the government the best price. Stephen…
Decision expected soon in the Providence lawsuit. As regular Monitor Monday listeners know, we have been closely tracking the progress of data analysis firm Integra Med Analytics’ whistleblower lawsuit against Providence Health and its consultant J.A. Thomas and Associates, Inc. (JATA), alleging a conspiracy between Providence and JATA to upcode…
Individual policyholders in Georgia launch a class-action lawsuit against Anthem for deceptive sales. Early last week, Frances Kirby and John David Marks, two individual policyholders from Cook County, Georgia, filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in Atlanta against Anthem and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia for allegedly misleading…
Not enough information in the public use databases to know that a claim is fraudulent. “In God we trust; all others bring data.” That is what the sign above my desk says, right next to my six-foot slide rule. I was pondering the truth behind this tongue-in-cheek saying when I…
Filing marks shift in nature of healthcare litigation of this nature. The whistleblower cases I report on for RACmonitor typically are brought by the quintessential whistleblower – a healthcare industry insider who has observed first-hand fraud perpetrated by his or her employer and who, having brought the matter to the…
Federal takedown is considered the largest healthcare fraud in history. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged hundreds of medical professionals in what was dubbed “the largest healthcare fraud takedown operation in American history.” The DOJ brought charges against 601 defendants (76 of whom are doctors) for their alleged participation…
The whistleblower brought this suit under the federal False Claims Act. The False Claims Act (FCA) allows a private party (known as a “relator” or “whistleblower”) with inside information about fraud against the government to file a lawsuit on the government’s behalf and receive 15 to 30 percent of the…
The whistleblower brought this suit under the federal False Claims Act. In February 2014, whistleblower Sarah Benhke, the former senior Medicare Part D actuary at Aetna, filed a sealed complaint against CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefit management department of healthcare giant CVS Health, accusing the company of billing Medicare Part…
This is the third time that the nurse has brought a successful whistleblower lawsuit against a hospital system where she has worked. Banner Health, a Phoenix-based health system that owns 28 hospitals across six states, agreed to pay over $18 million to settle allegations that 12 of its hospitals in…
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