PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- In a
False Claims Act case in which the United
States declined to intervene, Berger & Montague
announces that Regional Hospital of Jackson, Tennessee, has agreed to pay
$510,000 to resolve claims arising
from medically unnecessary stent and other cardiac procedures
performed by one of its interventional cardiologists. The United States had intervened in
claims against the cardiologist, which settled in late 2013 for
$1,150,000. The total amount
recovered in the litigation was just under $3 million.
On June 13, 2007, Relator filed a
qui tam action in the United States District Court for the Western
District of Tennessee captioned
United States of America ex rel.
Wood M Deming v. Jackson Madison County General Hospital; Regional
Hospital of Jackson, et al., No.
07-cv-01116-AJT-egb, pursuant to the qui tam provisions of the
False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3730(b). Relator alleged that the
defendants submitted or caused the submission of false or
fraudulent claims to the Medicare Program and the Tennessee
Medicaid Program for medically unnecessary diagnostic and
therapeutic cardiology procedures.
The Relator will receive a 27% relator share out of the proceeds
of the settlement, pursuant to the False Claims Act's relator share
provisions. Relator's counsel will also seek attorney's fees
from the hospital.
Susan Schneider Thomas
Berger & Montague, P.C.