Relator Fees and Settlements in Managed Care Fraud Cases
In August 0f 2019, the whistleblower received $850,000 when a Medicare Advantage Provider and Physician agreed to pay more than $5 million to resolve allegations that they reported invalid diagnoses to Medicare Advantage plans and in doing so caused the plans to receive inflated payments from Medicare and increased their own share of payments received from the Medicare Advantage Organizations. See Press Release, Office of Pub. Affairs, U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Medicare Advantage Provider and Physician to Pay $5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations (Aug. 8, 2019).
In January of 2016, Centerlight Healthcare, a managed care company, agreed to pay $46.7 million to settle civil claims that it billed Medicaid for services to individuals who attended or were referred by social adult day care centers and who were medically ineligible to participate in its managed long-term care plan. See Press Release, U.S. Atty’s Office for the Southern Dist. of N.Y., U.S. Dep’t of Justice, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $46.7 Million Settlement of Civil Fraud Claims Against Centerlight Healthcare For Enrollment of Ineligible Individuals in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care Plan (Jan. 21, 2016).