The Justice Department this month intervened in two whistleblower cases involving SpineFrontier Inc., related entities and executives. It is alleged that kickbacks were paid to spine surgeons to induce them to use SpineFrontier’s surgical devices, a violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). The AKS prohibits offering, paying, soliciting, or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of…

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Tenet Healthcare Corporation has agreed to settle yet another False Claims Act lawsuit. The healthcare giant is no stranger to such litigation, having settled a number of claims in the past few years. On Feb. 11, Tenet and its affiliated hospital, Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California, agreed to pay $1.41 million to…

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Teva Pharmaceuticals earlier this month agreed to pay $54 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit brought against it by two former sales representatives. Charles Arnstein and Hossam Senousy filed suit against the Israeli-based pharmaceutical company alleging it paid speaker fees to neurologists for participation in “sham” speaker programs in exchange for their prescribing the multiple…

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The increase in enforcement activity related to donations made by pharmaceutical manufacturers to nonprofit patient charitable assistance organizations has resulted in a number of whistleblower or Qui Tam lawsuits. Those lawsuits have hinged on the idea that such donations may be viewed as illegal kickbacks because they could be seen as a means to steer…

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