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2 Physician Groups Pay $33M for Fraudulent Kickback Practices

Posted by Audrey Schechter | Dec 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

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On December 19, 2017, The DOJ announced its settlement with two physician groups, successfully recouping over $33 million.  The settlement resolves the false claims arising from the fraudulent practices of HMA hospitals (Health Care Management Associates) paying kickbacks to the physician groups.  The kickbacks induced them to admit patients as “inpatients”, though outpatient care was sufficient.  Medicare pays substantially more for inpatient care than outpatient care.  

The whistleblowers who brought the lawsuit, Drs. Thomas Mason and Stephen Folstad, will receive $6,222.907.  See the Department of Justice's article here. 

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Audrey Schechter

Audrey Hildes Schechter is an experienced commercial and civil litigator, working in the areas of fraud, qui tam, healthcare fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, Tricare fraud, appellate practice, health care law, and employment litigation. Audrey has practiced in Florida for 25 years and in New Y...


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