Archive for the ‘Kickbacks’ Category

Dialysis Providers Pay Out Over $2 Billion in Settlements

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | By William Tinker | No Comments

It will probably come as no surprise that most of the major renal care facilities in the US have come under investigation for fraud in recent years, including Fresenius Medical Care America, DaVita Inc. Renal Care Group, Quest Diagnostics, and Bone Care International.

A partial list of settlements paid since 2000


Fresenius $250 million Granuflo heart problems and deaths 2016
$82 million Unauthorized claims for Renal care 2011
$19 million Billing for unqualified home dialysis 2010
$486 million Billing fraud, unnecessary labs, kickbacks 2000
DaVita $450 million Wasting medicine to collect the markup/profit 2015
$400 million Kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals 2014
DaVita/Gambro $37 million Kickbacks, unnecessary tests, overbilling 2005
DaVita/Gambro $325 million Kickbacks, overbilling 2004
DaVita/Gambro $53 million Medically unnecessary lab test 2000



Davita Whistle Blower Meets with Dialysis Advocates

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 | By William Tinker | No Comments

IMG_4930David Barbetta the successful whistle blower against DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. recently had lunch with Arlene Mullin Director of Advocating at Dialysis Advocates. During there lunch David pledge to help with the ongoing struggle to bring change in the training of dialysis technicians and the overall patient experience with clinics. Due to his courage and generosity we will be able to increase our push for change.

Dialysis Advocates has a long history of fighting for patient rights and holding clinics and doctors responsible for treating patient with dignity and respect.

DaVita Finalizes $400M Settlement Over Kickback Claims

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | By William Tinker | No Comments

By Kurt Orzeck

Law360, Los Angeles (October 22, 2014, 9:48 PM ET) — Dialysis giant DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. has finalized a deal in which it will pay $389 million and unwind 11 joint ventures to resolve criminal and civil claims by a whistleblower that it provided kickbacks to kidney doctors, DaVita and the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Denver, Colorado-based DaVita agreed to pay $350 million to settle criminal allegations that it violated the False Claims Act through so-called partial divestitures to nephrologists, and to pay a $39 million civil forfeiture stemming from two specific joint venture transactions DaVita entered into in Denver, according to the DOJ.

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