AtriCure Case Reaches Settlement

Earlier this week AtriCure, Inc. executed a settlement with the Department of Justice in a case brought to court by a relator in 2007. AtriCure, primarily a manufacturer of cardiac surgical ablation systems, settled with the Department of Health and Human services for $3.8 million plus interest covering a five year period.

The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and charges AtriCure in violation of the Federal False Claims Act. By using illegal kickbacks and sponsoring non-branded marketing, AtriCure coaxed medical practices into favoring the corporation’s costly in-patient cardiac surgical ablation procedure over a clinically more effective out-patient catheter process.

Compensation for the costs incurred to Medicare because of the more costly treatment being falsely preferred are being sought by the relator and the Department of Justice on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.

In a press release earlier this week, the Department of Justice stated that this case is part of a larger movement to fight healthcare fraud. In the last year alone, the legal jurisdiction granted by the False Claims Act has been used by the US Government to recover approximately $2.2 billion in cases of fraud towards United States health care programs.

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