A hospital in Northeastern Pennsylvania has agreed to pay the federal government $662,000 to resolve allegations of health care fraud.
The allegations were prompted by a whistleblower lawsuit filed by two former Easton Hospital employees, David Kasprzak and David Heaton.
David Memeger, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, announced the settlement earlier this month.
The government accused Easton Hospital under the False Claims Act of billing Medicare for urologic procedures and tests performed by Dr. Thomas Walden that were either never performed, partially completed or were medically unnecessary. The procedures by Dr. Walden, who left the hospital in 2010, included extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, cystometrogram, green light laser, and transurethral resection of the prostate.
“Health care fraud wastes tax dollars, harms patients, and drives up medical costs for everyone,” Memeger said. “We encourage our citizens to report potential health care fraud so that we can effectively investigate and prosecute this type of wrongdoing.”
The two whistleblowers will receive a share of the $662,000 settlement.
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