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We are happy to report that a False Claims Act case filed by two of our clients against North Atlantic Medical Services Inc. (NAMS), doing business as Regional Home Care Inc., has been successfully resolved by the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been successfully resolved by the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts .
The settlement involving fraud on the Medicare and Medicaid programs was announced by the United States Department of Justice, as a result of a coordinated effort by the Civil Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, FBI, HHS-OIG, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The defendant NAMS is a medical device company based in Massachusetts that provides equipment and services for the treatment of respiratory ailments, such as oxygen deficiency and sleep apnea. Under the terms of the settlement, NAMS has agreed to pay $852,378 to resolve allegations that it used unlicensed employees to set up sleep apnea masks and oxygen therapy equipment for patients in Massachusetts and then improperly billed Medicare and Medicaid for these services.
The whistleblowers will jointly share a portion of the federal and state recoveries in the case.
We are very proud of our clients, who took the risk in coming forward to alert law enforcement and other authorities to the improper billing of Medicare and Medicaid and the threat to patient safety. The patients who need these services are among our most vulnerable, and deserve our protection.
The case is captioned United States ex rel. John Does v. Regional Home Care, Inc. d/b/a North Atlantic Medical also d/b/a North Atlantic Medical Tolman Clinical Laboratory and as North Atlantic Medical Services, Docket No. 12-CA-11979 (D. Mass.).