Doctor Pays $349,860 to Settle FCA Allegations

A Louisville, Kentucky physician, Dr. Steven H. Stern, and his practice, Kentuckiana Center For Better Bone and Joint Health (“KCB”), have settled allegations of overbilling Medicare.  The complaint, brought by a former employee, claims that Stern and KCB falsely billed Medicare for rheumatoid arthritis infusions over a three-year period.  Specifically, the complaint alleges that Stern and KCB split vials of Infliximab across multiple patients, then billed Medicare as if an entire vial were used for each patient.

In addition to the $349,860 paid to settle the overbilling allegations, Stern and KCB will pay the attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses of the former KCB employee whistleblower.  The whistleblower will receive a payment of $70,000 as a realtor’s share.

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2 Responses to “Doctor Pays $349,860 to Settle FCA Allegations”

  1. Mark Walters:

    It never ceases to amaze me how some people in the medical profession game the system and defraud Medicare. These whistleblowers are heros!

  2. Mary Jane Smithers:

    As a former patient of this practice, I can say that it seems to be a numbers game with them. No comfort for the patients, just get them in and out.

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