A federal judge has ordered a kidney dialysis company to repay $19.4 million to Medicare in a case that began as a whistle-blower lawsuit filed in St. Louis in 2005. U.S. District Judge William J. Haynes Jr. issued the order on March 22nd against Renal Care Group, Renal Care Group Supply Co. and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc.
The U.S. Attorney’s office joined the lawsuit in 2007, alleging that Nashville, Tenn.-based Renal Care Group created RCG Supply as a shell company to earn an extra 30% on dialysis supplies. Fresenius acquired the companies in 2006. The U.S. Attorney’s office says several Renal Care Group employees complained about the Medicare billing activity.
Source: Associated Press
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