Medical Devices and Wearables

On April 10, Virginia-based nurse practitioner Daphne Jenkins was sentenced to prison for her participation in a $7.8 million telemedicine fraud scheme that involved medically unnecessary orders for durable medical equipment (DME). As part of the scheme, Medicare claims were submitted based on false documentation and tainted by kickbacks.  

The orders Jenkins signed were pre-populated

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey recently announced that Alexander Schleider of Lakewood pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud in a durable medical equipment (DME) kickback scheme.

Schleider owned and operated several DME companies that provided orthotic braces to beneficiaries of Medicare and other healthcare benefit programs regardless of

On September 14, Rivkin Radler’s Jeff Kaiser will participate on a panel at Practising Law Institute’s Life Sciences 2023: Navigating Legal Challenges in Drug and Device Industries program in New York City.

Held at PLI’s New York Conference Center at 1177 Sixth Avenue, the program will cover the explosive growth of digital health and the

To celebrate the opening of Rivkin Radler’s first Florida office, we’ll cover some recent Florida frauds. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on April 20 that two Miami residents, Dean Zusmer and Lawrence Alexander, were sentenced to prison for their roles in a Medicare fraud scheme. Zusmer, a chiropractor, and Alexander, an orthopedic surgeon

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced a settlement with a Missouri neurosurgeon and his fiancée regarding alleged violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). The parties agreed to pay $825,000 to settle the case.

The neurosurgeon and his fiancée were accused of receiving impermissible kickbacks from spinal implant companies

Rivkin Radler’s Michael Sirignano authored an article for the March 2 issue of the New York Law Journal entitled “Healthcare Fraud Tops DOJ’s Annual False Claims Act Report – Again!” The article discussed a report issued by the U.S. Department of Justice detailing the settlements and judgments it obtained under the federal False

For those who just can’t get enough fraud, here are some of the “leftovers” from this edition of Fraud Week that your editor thought noteworthy.

Read about a pharmacy biller’s fake copay assistance scheme:

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edmi/pr/woman-convicted-billing-claims-part-65-million-pharmaceutical-coupon-fraud

Genetic testing kickback schemes

In TX: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/laboratory-owners-and-executives-charged-health-care-kickback-scheme

In FL: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/ocenture-llc-and-carelumina-llc-settle-allegations-false-claims-unnecessary-genetic-testing

And here’s a big one in GA: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/lab-owner-convicted-463-million-genetic-testing-scheme-defraud-medicare

DME kickback

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on January 20 that DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, agreed to pay $9.75 million to resolve allegations that it entered into a kickback scheme with an unnamed Massachusetts orthopedic surgeon. DePuy admitted that from 2013 to 2018, it gave the surgeon instruments and implants worth

Federal and state enforcement activity involving pharmacy fraud tops the list of categories in this edition of Rivkin Rounds’ Fraud Week. We’ll list just a sampling of cases.

On October 19, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Jerry May Keepers of Kingswood, Texas was sentenced to 36 months of supervised probation for writing