Part D Medicare Fraud Attorneys

Until the Medicare Part D benefit was implemented in 2006, Medicare beneficiaries had access to a limited number of prescription drugs through the Medicare Part B benefit.

With Medicare Part D, all Medicare beneficiaries have access to the Medicare drug benefit through private plans approved by CMS. The drug benefit is offered through stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs) and Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MA-PD) plans. Part D is a market model, transferring risk to private plan sponsors, which then act as the insurers for Part D benefits.

Through Medicare Drug Integrity Contractors, or “MEDICs,” CMS developed a strategy to investigate and recommend prosecution for Part D fraud and abuse. MEDICs’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to: fulfilling requests for information from law enforcement agencies; investigating potential Part D fraud and abuse; referring cases and making immediate advisements regarding potential Part C and Part D fraud and abuse to the Office of Inspector General (OIG); recommending appropriate administrative actions to CMS; identifying program vulnerabilities; and auditing the fraud waste and abuse programs that are part of plan sponsors’ compliance plans.

Potential Part D False Claims Act violations for whistleblower claims include: submitting claims or other false documentation for drugs not provided; submitting claims or other false documentation for brand name drugs when generics are dispensed; submitting claims or other false documentation for non-covered drugs as covered; submitting claims or other false documentation to multiple payors for the same prescription (except as required for coordination of benefit transactions); failure to apply “maximum allowable cost” pricing to drugs, submitting claims or other false documentation concerning drugs containing other false representations to CMS, including but not limited to:  false physician identifiers, and  brand-name drugs when generics were dispensed.

Manufacturer Part D fraud can also  take the form of unlawful kickbacks, to either the dispensing provider or the Part D Plan, or the submission of false information in connection with its obligation under the Discount Program Agreement.

Kathleen Hawkins

Dignity Health
$37 million

Kathleen Hawkins, RN MSN, had been employed by Defendant, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) for approximately 6 years when she decided she had had enough of trying to change the hospital system from within.

CHW, a California not-for-profit corporation that operated hospitals in California, Arizona, and Nevada, was at the time the eighth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California.

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Joe Strom

Johnson & Johnson
$184 Million

Joe Strom contacted us in 2005. We were very grateful that he did. We immediately formed an all-star legal team and a process to stop a very harmful pharmaceutical marketing strategy. It was this process we set into motion that ultimately returned hundreds of millions of dollars to the U.S. Treasury, and a portion of that, very well-deserved, into Joe’s bank account.

Joe told us a very troubling story about the off-label promotion of a pharmaceutical drug for patients who already suffered from chronic heart failure.

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Bruce A. Moilan Sr.

$27 Million

Bruce Moilan was a seasoned hospital systems expert by the time he contacted our Firm. At the time he decided to file his qui tam lawsuit, he was employed by South Texas Health System as a System Director for Materials Management. In this position, he oversaw $24 million in annual purchases of supplies and equipment and helped determine budget, reduction and cost analysis throughout the contract bidding and negotiations process. His job was to insure proper implementation for purchasing, receiving and management of inventory, for McAllen Hospitals, L.P.

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