All Anti-Kickback Statute articles

  • DOJSeal

    Athenahealth settles kickback case for $18.25M


    The Department of Justice announced an $18.25 million settlement with electronic health records technology vendor athenahealth for allegedly paying unlawful kickbacks to generate sales.

  • Medical speaker

    Rare OIG Special Fraud Alert cautions the use of speaker programs


    In a rare move, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General issued a Special Fraud Alert warning of inherent fraud and abuse risks associated with speaker programs.

  • Medical devices

    Merit Medical fined $18M after ignoring CCO’s kickback warnings


    The former chief compliance officer for Merit Medical Systems will be paid $2.65 million for his role in uncovering a six-year kickback scheme that paid hospitals and doctors to purchase company products.

  • Pharmaceuticals

    Novartis’ latest settlements: $729M in kickback charges


    A week after resolving FCPA investigations for $347 million, Swiss pharmaceutical drug maker Novartis will pay another $729 million in separate settlements related to kickback schemes.

  • Health records

    Practice Fusion to overhaul compliance after $145M kickback resolution


    Practice Fusion will pay a total of $145 million to resolve criminal and civil investigations for its leading role in an opioid kickback scheme. Particularly notable are the new compliance obligations imposed upon it, which are as weighty and significant as the fine itself.

  • JusticeDepartment

    DOJ enforcement priorities for 2020 include antitrust


    Compliance officers need to step it up in 2020; a world of heightened risk means a world of heightened regulatory oversight.

  • WhistleblowerReward

    Teva to pay $54M in FCA whistleblower settlement


    Teva Pharmaceuticals has reached a $54 million settlement in a lawsuit filed by two whistleblowers over allegations the drug company bribed physicians through numerous “sham” speaker programs in exchange for prescribing Teva drugs.

  • Money

    Sutter Health pays $30M in lawsuit


    Healthcare services provider Sutter Health will pay $30.5 million in a lawsuit filed by a former compliance officer alleging fraud and kickbacks, though Sutter did not admit laibility and points out there was no finding that Sutter violated anti-kickback laws. 

  • Pharmaceuticals

    Avanir to pay $116M for engaging in kickback scheme


    Avanir Pharmaceuticals will pay a combined $116 million in civil and criminal penalties for paying kickbacks to a physician to induce prescriptions of its drug Nuedexta, the Department of Justice announced.

  • JusticeDepartment

    Allscripts $145M settlement indicative of broader enforcement trend


    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions has reached a $145 million agreement in principle with the DOJ to resolve civil and criminal investigations into violations of HIPAA and anti-kickback laws.

  • pills

    Novartis sets aside $700M in kickback case


    Swiss pharmaceutical drug maker Novartis announced it has set aside $700 million for a potential settlement in a long-running lawsuit over allegations that the company paid hundreds of millions of dollars in kickbacks to doctors to induce them into prescribing drugs to patients to boost their sales.

  • Pharmaceuticals

    Astellas, Amgen to pay $124.75M for False Claims Act violations


    Pharmaceutical companies Astellas and Amgen will pay a total of $124.75 million to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by illegally paying the Medicare co-pays for their own high-priced drugs.

  • Covidien

    Covidien to pay $17.5M for False Claims Act violations


    Covidien has agreed to pay $17.5 million for violations of the False Claims Act by providing free or discounted practice development and market development support to physicians in California and Florida to induce purchases of Covidien products, the Department of Justice announced.

  • Blog post

    Tenet Healthcare to pay $513M in kickback settlement


    Tenet Healthcare and several of its subsidiaries today agreed to pay more than a combined $513 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to pay kickbacks in return for patient referrals. Jaclyn Jaeger has more.

  • Blog post

    Olympus to pay $623.2 million for kickback scheme


    Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan-based Olympus, will pay $623.2 million to resolve criminal charges and civil claims relating to a scheme to pay kickbacks to doctors and hospitals—the largest total amount paid in U.S. history for violations involving the Anti-Kickback Statute by a medical device ...