Bradley attorney Jason Mehta was quoted in Orlando Medical News on a civil lawsuit alleging that Central Medical Systems, LLC (CMS) and its owner falsely billed Medicare for wound care supplies during a six-year period. The complaint alleges that CMS violated the federal False Claims Act by seeking and receiving inflated Medicare payments for more expensive products than had been provided to patients or for products that were never sent.
The lawsuit was filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, which permits private parties to sue on behalf of the United States for false claims for government funds and to receive a share of any recovery. The act also allows the government to intervene in a lawsuit and to recover treble damages plus civil penalties ranging from $5,500 to $11,000 for each false claim the defendants submitted.
"The U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando continues to be focused on healthcare fraud prosecutions nationwide and in Orlando, in particular. This case -- against a medical supplier -- shows the enforcement environment that healthcare providers are operating in. Healthcare providers, whether they be physicians or medical suppliers, would be well-served by reviewing healthcare regulations and compliance manuals," said Mehta.
The complete article, “United States Intervenes In Lawsuit Against Oviedo Company and Businessman Alleging Medicare Fraud,” appeared in the Orlando Medical News on March 28, 2018.