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False Claims Act

Jun 27, 2019

AAMC settles False Claims Act allegations for $3.15 million

Anne Arundel Medical Center has reached a $3.15 million settlement with the federal government over allegations it submitted false claims to Medicare for services that were not medically necessary. The allegations made under the False Claims Act said claims for tests and evaluations submitted through the hospital’s Anticoagulation Clinic were not medically reasonable and necessary. […]

Dec 13, 2017

Whistleblower alleges Hopkins favors out-of-state patients for profit

(Story updated at 3:35 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2017, to reflect comments from Johns Hopkins Medicine.) The Johns Hopkins Hospital System has been violating its revenue agreement with the state of Maryland by favoring out-of-state patients over in-state residents in an effort to raise profits, according to an amended whistleblower lawsuit Wednesday. Anthony C. Campos, […]

Aug 10, 2015

False Claims Act case survives lawyer’s premature disclosure, 4th Circuit says

A lawyer’s premature disclosure of her client’s sealed whistleblower lawsuit does not necessarily doom the litigation, a U.S. appeals court ruled Monday in reviving a construction worker’s claim that a Maryland company violated the federal False Claims Act during building projects in Washington.

Jul 31, 2015

Frederick whistleblower receives $2.2M reward in medical-device settlement

A Frederick sales agent-turned-whistleblower will receive $2.2 million after alleging to federal agents that his former employer, NuVasive Inc., was marketing unapproved uses for its spinal-treatment device and improperly inducing doctors to treat patients with it at several Maryland hospitals, including Johns Hopkins and Montgomery General.

Jul 7, 2015

Columbia-based firm reaches $7.8M settlement with DOJ

A Columbia-based diversified services company will pay the U.S. government $7.8 million to settle allegations it falsely claimed to be a woman- and minority-owned company to win federal contracts under a program to assist small disadvantaged businesses.

Jun 30, 2015

Education Affiliates reaches $13 million settlement with DOJ

A White Marsh-based operator of vocational schools nationwide will pay the U.S. government $13 million to settle allegations that it filed claims for student loans for pupils it knew, through its own alleged wrongdoing, were unqualified to be in its programs for high-school graduates.

Feb 24, 2015

Union representative to share in False Claims Act settlement

A union representative who blew the whistle on a Frederick-based federal subcontractor and other companies for allegedly lying to the government about paying prevailing wages to employees will receive a $72,000 share of the U.S. government’s $400,000 settlement in the False Claims Act litigation, said an attorney for the representative.

Jul 31, 2013

Md. doctor ordered to pay $17M for fraudulent claims

A U.S. District Court judge in Washington ordered Dr. Ishtiaq A. Malik, of Bethesda, and two companies that he owns — Ishtiaq A. Malik M.D. P.C., and Advanced Nuclear Diagnostics P.C., operating in the District of Columbia — to pay more than $17 million for submitting false or fraudulent claims related to cardiac nuclear stress tests to state and federal health care programs.

Jul 16, 2013

$6M settlement resolves allegations of upcoding

TranS1 Inc., a medical device manufacturer, will pay a $6 million settlement to the United States due to a civil violation of the False Claims Act when it knowingly told physicians the wrong billing code to increase their reimbursement rates from federal health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid.

May 13, 2013

Maryland to share in Indian drug maker’s settlement

Maryland will receive $849,259 under a multistate False Claims Act settlement the federal government reached with an India-based generic drug maker in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the state Office of the Attorney General said Monday.

Feb 20, 2013

House panel weighs expanding state’s whistleblower law

Maryland businesses squared off against local governments and plaintiffs’ attorneys Wednesday over legislation that would permit whistleblower lawsuits against companies that intentionally overbill the state, the city of Baltimore or a county government.

Jan 1, 2013

Expansion sought for state false-claims act

While the Justice Department reported collecting $5 billion nationwide under the federal False Claims Act in fiscal 2012, lawyers who represent whistle-blowers in Maryland are expressing frustration that the state’s equivalent is limited to health-related fraud. However, lawmakers seemed poised to try to expand the 2-year-old law in the next legislative session.

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