Oncology Practice Pays $26M in Medical Software Fraud Lawsuit
21st Century Oncology Inc. is a Ft. Myers-based oncology practice. A former employee approached the Department of Justice when he discovered software fraud committed by the practice. The company agreed to pay $26 million to settle the case, and the whistleblower will receive $2 million for his tip.
The Law Protects and Rewards a Whistleblower
When a knowledgeable attorney like those found at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm files a False Claims Act lawsuit, he or she files it under a seal. This means it is completely confidential. There is also a full disclosure statement in the suit, which details the evidence collected by a whistleblower.
After we file your suit, the Department of Justice will review the evidence before deciding to step in and decide if they want to prosecute the case. The government’s fraud investigator will work closely with you, the whistleblower to identify all responsible for the fraud.
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Medical Software Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuit
The former Interim VP of Financial planning came forward to report 21st Century Oncology Inc.’s fraudulent practices. He mainly noticed improper use of their Electronic Health Records (EHR) software. The company falsified patient data, fabricated software utilization reports, and superimposed well-known EHR vendor logos onto the reports to make them look more legitimate.
The settlement also includes payments for alleged violations of the Stark Law. 21st Century Oncology Inc. was paying physician salaries well above market rate to capture their referrals for tests and other medical procedures. Also, the practice signed a five-year corporate integrity agreement. The CIA obligates 21st Century to undertake substantial compliance reforms, including hiring independent review organizations to conduct audits.
Also, the whistleblower will receive $2 million for his tip.
Multiple Medical Software Fraud Cases
This isn’t the first case of a medical practice using Electronic Health Records (EHR) to defraud Medicare or Medicaid. In May, eClinicalWorks (ECW) settled a False Claims Act case for $155M. In that case, the company allegedly misrepresented the capabilities of its software. Instead of developing software that meets relevant requirements, ECW instead designed the software to pass the certification requirements. In November, another company used the EHR software to double bill Medicare for anesthesia services.
It isn’t just smaller practices committing medical software fraud. An unsealed suit against 62 hospitals and CIOX Health (another EHR provider) revealed that almost 100 hospitals used the software in order to receive incentive payments.
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