The Los Angeles Times recently explored the high cost of fast tracking drugs at the Food and Drug Administration.
MedStar Ambulance Inc. will pay $12.7 million to settle a non-intervened upcoding case in Massachusetts. This case was initially declined by the government, but because of the tenacity and hard work of attorney Jeffrey Newman, and the courage of relator Dale Meehan, it moved forward and, in the end, they were awarded a 28% relator share for their extraordinary efforts.
BTG will pay $36 million to settle claims the British medical device manufacturer conducted an illegal marketing campaign. BTG will pay $25 million in civil claims, and an additional $11 million in criminal penalties.
Sometimes you see amazing things.
For example, how about a case resolving in less than 6 month, with a 20% relator share?
In the attached opinion, U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp denies a motion to dismiss three FCA cases filed against SavaSeniorCare, the nation's fifth-largest skilled nursing facility, which has more than 24,000 beds in 200 skilled-nursing facilities in 23 states. The case alleges SAVA routinely billed for therapy services that were either medically unnecessary or which were unreasonable in scope.
The TAF Education Fund has filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of State Farm Fire and Casualty Company v. United States el rel. Cori Rigsby, et al.
This year, TAF’s Public-Private Partnership Award went to two candidates who exemplify the concept of partnership, Amy Easton and Jeffrey Dickstein.