Florida to Collect $300,000 in Omnicare Medicaid Settlement By Tod Aronovitz | 09/05/14 | 0 Comment

Omnicare, the largest provider of pharmaceutical and pharmacy services to nursing homes in the U.S., agreed to pay $16.48 million to resolve allegations that the company violated the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. The office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said the national Medicaid settlement, which involved the federal government and 47 states, was brought by a whistleblower who originally filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

According to the suit, Omnicare supposedly offered illegal financial incentives and below-cost contracts to skilled nursing facilities in exchange for their continued commitment to choose Omnicare to supply drugs to Medicaid patients, including nursing home residents covered by Florida’s Medicaid program.

The government contended that this behavior not only infringed upon the Anti-Kickback Statute—which prohibits any offer, solicitation, payment or remuneration that induces referrals of items or services covered by federally funded programs such as Medicare and Medicaid—but also resulted in the submission of false claims to states’ Medicaid programs.

Florida’s take in the Omnicare Medicaid settlement will be about $300,000.

In Florida, the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) investigates and prosecutes deceptive activities involving providers who intentionally defraud the state’s Medicaid program through false bogus billing practices. From January 2011 to April 2014, the MFCU has obtained more than $450 million in settlements and judgments.

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Healthcare professionals or medical billing employees who have knowledge of questionable Medicare billing practices can file a confidential legal claim under the False Claims Act. By acting as a “whistleblower” in what is known as a “qui tam” lawsuit, a private party may collect up to 30 percent of the amount recovered, depending on how the case is prosecuted.

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