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Two charged in prescription and kickback scheme

An 11-count indictment unsealed on Friday charges former Kindred Home Health employee Amber Price, 37, and Christopher Cruz, 46, owner of a medical marketing business, CP Cruz Management Group, LLC (Cruz), with one count of conspiracy to violate the federal anti-kickback law. Under the alleged scheme, Price and Cruz would create fraudulent prescriptions using actual […]

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Medical Device Maker to Pay $18 Million to Settle Allegations of Improper Payments to Physicians

This is not a Texas company, but it is a good example of how some manufacturers try to cloak improper payments under the veil of legitimate compensation. The device manufacturer paid millions of dollars in “advertising assistance, practice development, practice support, and purported unrestricted educational grants” directly to local healthcare providers to induce sales of […]

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Professional Relators Have No Right to Sue for Beneficial Conduct

The Seventh Circuit determined that professional qui tam relators formed as “investment vehicles for financial speculators” should not be allowed to challenge conduct determined by the government likely to be lawful, and definitely beneficial to the government and the public. The court creates a new standard for dismissal, joining the standards articulated in Sequoia Orange […]