Sunday, November 18, 2007

Stryker to Pay 16.6 million

The Department of Justice issued a press release on an agreement reached with Stryker Corp. & Physiotherapy Associates. The company will pay 16.6 million.  The press release states that:

"The settlement resolves allegations that Physiotherapy, which is based in Memphis, Tenn., submitted claims for services to Medicare, state Medicaid programs, and the Department of Defense’s TRICARE program that were falsely billed as one-on-one services and that Physiotherapy improperly retained excess or duplicate payments it received from federal health care programs. Under the terms of the settlement, Physiotherapy agreed also to enter into a corporate integrity agreement with the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services."

The case came from two qui tam actions, with the two whistleblowers receiving nearly three (3) million dollars. The case was resolved civilly.


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