We believe kickbacks to physicians by the medical device, and pharmaceutical industries here in the United States is a gigantic problem
(PRWEB) November 19, 2014
The Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging medical doctors, medical device industry insiders, or hospital insiders to call them at 866-714-6466 if they possess well documented proof that a medical device company is trying to capture, or gain exclusive rights to a physician's medical device usage by kickbacks. There was a recent DOJ settlement that proves this type of information can be very profitable, as the Center would like to explain.
On November 6th, 2014 the Justice Department announced Biotronik Inc. of Lake Oswego, Oregon, has agreed to pay the United States $4.9 million to resolve allegations made under the False Claims Act that the company made various improper payments to induce physicians to use devices that it manufactured and sold.
The settlement resolves allegations that Biotronik, through the payment of kickbacks to physicians, caused hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to submit false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for the implantation of Biotronik pacemakers, defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization therapy devices. Biotronik allegedly induced electrophysiologists and cardiologists practicing in Nevada and Arizona to continue using Biotronik devices, or to convert to Biotronik devices, by allegedly paying the implanting physician in the form of repeated meals at expensive restaurants and inflated payments for membership on a physician advisory board.
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "We believe kickbacks to physicians by the medical device, and pharmaceutical industries here in the United States is a gigantic problem. We also believe the announcement of pacemaker manufacturer gaming the system is the tip of the iceburg. In this instance, the Whistleblower will receive approximately $840,000 of the federal settlement."
"If you are a physician, a medical device, or pharmaceutical industry insider, and you have well documented proof of kickbacks, please call us at 866-714-6466 so we can explain how the federal whistleblower program works. As far as we are concerned, this type of information is like having a winning lotto ticket. As long as we are satisfied with the level of your proof, we will get you to the nation's most aggressive whistleblower attorneys. No other group offers this service." http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
Simple rules for a whistleblower from the Corporate Whistleblower Center:
- Do not go to the government first if you are a major whistleblower. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Major whistleblowers frequently go to the federal government thinking they will help. It’s a huge mistake.”
- Do not go to the news media with your whistleblower information. Public revelation of a whistleblower’s information could destroy any prospect for a reward.
- Do not try to force a government contractor or corporation to come clean to the government about their wrongdoing. The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, “Fraud is so rampant among federal contractors that any suggestion of exposure might result in an instant job termination, or harassment of the whistleblower. Come to us first, tell us what type of information you have, and if we think it’s sufficient, we will help find the right law firms to assist in advancing your information.”
The Corporate Whistleblower Center wants to emphasize there are high quality Medicare fraud whistleblowers in every state including California, New York, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska.
Any type of insider or employee who possesses significant proof of their employer or a government contractor defrauding the federal government is encouraged to contact Corporate Whistleblower Center anytime at 866-714-6466 or via their web site at http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
For attribution please refer to the November 2014 Justice Department press release on this matter. http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/biotronik-inc-pay-49-million-resolve-claims-company-paid-kickbacks-physicians
Case number: The lawsuit is captioned United States ex rel. Sant v. Biotronik, Inc., No. 2:09-CV-03617 KJM EFB (E.D. Cal.)