WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Corporate Whistleblower Center is now urging medical doctors with proof a medical device or pharmaceutical company is gouging Medicare with a scheme to bill them for unwarranted products or procedures to call them anytime at 866-714-6466 to talk about whistleblower rewards. The Center is especially interested in hearing about speaker fees that essentially are a payoff for procedures or prescriptions. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
The Corporate Whistleblower Center is urging physicians, or healthcare managers who possess well documented proof a medical device, or pharmaceutical company is paying off physicians with speaker fees for procedures that should have never happened, and/or prescriptions to call them anytime at 866-714-6466 for a conversation about whistleblower rewards. As the Center would like to explain to a potential whistleblower the rewards for this type of information can be substantial. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
The Corporate Whistleblower Center says, "In July the Department of Justice announced California-based medical device manufacturer NuVasive Inc. has agreed to pay the United States $13.5 million to resolve allegations that the company caused health care providers to submit false claims to Medicare and other federal health care programs for spine surgeries by marketing the company's CoRoent System for surgical uses that were not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
"The settlement agreement also resolves allegations that NuVasive knowingly offered and paid illegal remuneration to certain physicians to induce them to use the CoRoent System in spine fusion surgeries, in violation of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.
"The alleged illegal remuneration consisted of promotional speaker fees, honoraria and expenses relating to physicians' attendance at events sponsored by a group known as the Society of Lateral Access Surgery (SOLAS). SOLAS was allegedly created, funded and operated solely by NuVasive, despite its outward appearance of independence."
In this instance the whistleblower will receive approximately $2.2 million.
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 wants to emphasize there are high quality whistleblowers in every state including California, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Rhode Island, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, or Washington.
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 website. http://CorporateWhistleblowerCenter.Com
For attribution please refer to the July 2015 United States Department of Justice press release related to this matter. http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/medical-device-manufacturer-nuvasive-inc-pay-135-million-settle-false-claims-act-allegations
The lawsuit is captioned United States ex rel. Kevin Ryan v. NuVasive, Inc. (D. Md.).
M. Thomas Martin
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SOURCE Corporate Whistleblower Center