U.S. Joins False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Georgia Medical Center And Physician

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that Satilla Health Services Inc., dba Satilla Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Najam Azmat submitted claims for medically substandard and unnecessary services to Medicare and Medicaid, the Justice Department...

Synthes, Norian Plead Guilty, Will Pay $23.3M For Illegal Bone Cement Study

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) Synthes Inc. and subsidiary Norian Corp. have agreed to plead guilty to federal felony and misdemeanor counts of conducting illegal clinical studies of bone cement and will pay $23.3 million in fines, forfeiture and a civil settlement, the U.S. Attorney's Office for...

Kos Pharmaceuticals Pays $41M For Kickbacks, Off-Label Promotion Of Cholesterol Drugs

BATON ROUGE, La. - (Mealey's) The Kos Pharmaceuticals subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories Inc. on Dec. 7 entered into a deferred prosecution agreement and agreed to pay a total of $41 million in criminal penalties and False Claims Act settlement for paying kickbacks to two Louisiana physicians to prescribe...

2 Drug Makers To Pay $214.5 Million For Off-Label Marketing Of Zonegran

BOSTON - (Mealey's) Drug maker Elan Corp. PLC on Dec. 15 pleaded guilty to misdemeanor branding for the off-label marketing of the epilepsy drug Zonegran and will pay more than $203.5 million in criminal and civil penalties ( United States of America v. Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. , No. 10-10431,...

U.S. Sues Boston Scientific Over Guidant Heart Devices

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) The U.S. government sued Boston Scientific Corp. on Thursday, alleging its Guidant unit knew some of its implantable heart devices were defective but continued to sell them anyway, putting patients' lives at risk. In a complaint filed in federal court in Minnesota, the government...

Obama Administration Asks Judge To Clarify Health Ruling

PENSACOLA, Fla. - (AP) The Justice Department asked a federal judge in Florida on Thursday to tell states that they must continue to enact the Obama administration's health care overhaul despite the judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. In a motion to clarify, administration attorneys...

Challenge To Health Care Reform Act Based On Religious Beliefs Dismissed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A District of Columbia federal judge on Feb. 22 dismissed a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), finding that Congress did not exceed its power in enacting the individual mandate provision and that the act did not violate the plaintiffs'...

Federal Court Tosses New Hampshire Man's Health Overhaul Lawsuit

CONCORD, N.H. - (AP) A federal court has thrown out a New Hampshire man's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the government's health care overhaul, saying he lacked standing to sue because his Medicare coverage will automatically satisfy the law's insurance mandate. Harold Peterson...

Supreme Court Rejects Quick Review Of Health Care Law

ASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court rejected a call Monday from Virginia's attorney general to depart from its usual practice and put review of the health care law on a fast track. Instead, judicial review of President Barack Obama's signature legislation will continue in federal appeals...

3rd Circuit: Humana Can Sue GSK For Reimbursement For Avandia-Related Expenses

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) Medicare Advantage provider Humana Medical Plan Inc. is allowed under Medicare law to seek reimbursement from GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) for the costs of treating insurance customers who were injured by GSK's Avandia diabetes drug, a unanimous Third Circuit U.S. Court...

And The Beat Goes On. . . Medicaid Fraud Suits Continue Churning and Returning Taxpayer Money Paid To Medical Providers

In anticipation of the upcoming U.S. presidential election, the news cycle is heating up with discussions about federal and state budget deficits and funding for Medicare/Medicaid programs. Both the Republican and Democratic Parties are lining up and getting ready to pitch their proposals to the public...

Williams Mullen: 4th Circuit Upholds Lengthy 'Stent' for Interventional Cardiologist

By John Staige Davis V Can a cardiologist be sent to prison for performing medically unnecessary stent procedures, even though he stented a considerably lower percentage of his patients than his peers? In United States v. McLean, No. 11-5130 (Apr. 23, 2013) ) [lexis.com subscribers may access the...

Johnson & Johnson, 2 Units Plead Guilty, Pay $2.2 Billion In Criminal, Civil Penalties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Two Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries have pleaded guilty, and the parent company and two subsidiaries will pay $2.2 billion in criminal fines, civil penalties and forfeitures in one criminal and several civil cases for off-label marketing of three drugs, for...

U.S. High Court Hears Oral Arguments In Dispute Over Taxing Severance Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Severance payments fall within the Federal Insurance Contributions Act’s (FICA) definition of wages and are taxable, Assistant to the Solicitor General Eric J. Feigin told the U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 14 in arguments presented on behalf of the United States...

Foley & Lardner LLP: 8th Circuit Dismisses Whistleblower's Suit Finding Facts Were Already Publicly Disclosed

By Jacqueline N. Acosta In an August 7, 2014 opinion, the Eighth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower’s suit alleging that a number of pain pump device makers had violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by marketing their pain pumps for harmful off-label uses. United States ex rel. Paulos...