This is a very interesting case we wanted to share on the blog. DaVita HealthCare Partners last week agreed to pay up to $495 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit claiming that the Denver company defrauded Medicare of millions. Though the company settled, it did not admit any wrongdoing. This is DaVita’s third whistleblower lawsuit settlement in the last three years, with payouts reaching nearly $1 billion.
According to the Denver Post:
The civil suit, filed in Atlanta in 2011, revolves around a claim by Dr. Alon J. Vainer and nurse Daniel D. Barbir, who both worked for DaVita. They noticed that DaVita was throwing out good medicine that it then billed Medicare and Medicaid for, according to the lawsuit.
Vainer and Barbir, who could be paid up to $135 million as part of the settlement, said in court filings that they questioned DaVita about the waste and claimed the company submitted fraudulent claims for reimbursement between 2003 and 2010.
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