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DOJ Highlights Multiple Home Health-Related Fraud Cases in July

Home health enforcement efforts have been on the rise in 2021, especially over the past couple of months. There have been developments with at least two multi-million-dollar fraud schemes, with the watchdog arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also releasing findings from a large hospice-related audit. On July 15, federal …

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EHR vendor athenahealth to pay $18M+ to settle illegal kickback allegations

The vendor has agreed to pay $18.3 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by offering illegal kickbacks to boost EHR sales. The company denies any wrongdoing and said it agreed to settle to “put the matter behind us.”

Ex-Merck & Co scientist accused of stealing trade secrets could face jail

A former Merck & Co scientist could face up to 10 years in prison after he was accused of stealing trade secrets relating to drugs including the cancer immunotherapy Keytruda by US authorities. In a document outlining the charges against Shafat Quadri, of North Potomac, Maryland the US Department of Justice (DoJ) referred only to …

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Home Health Agency, Former Executives to Pay $5.8M to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

Doctor’s Choice Home Care Inc. and two former executives have agreed to pay $5.15 million to resolve allegations that the home health agency provided “improper financial inducements” to referring physicians through “sham medical director agreements,” the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced earlier this month. DOJ had also alleged that the agency offered bonuses to …

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Generic drugmaker Teva indicted in alleged price-fixing conspiracy leading consumers to be overcharged by $350M

The charges, filed in Philadelphia federal court, allege that Teva conspired with four other generic drug companies to fix prices, rig bids and allocate customers. Teva – which the Justice Department and New York’s state government also sued this month for unrelated allegations – said it rejected the allegations.