Navigation Links
Endoscopic Technologies to Pay U.S. $1.4 Million to Resolve Allegations of Medicare Fraud
Date:7/14/2009

WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Endoscopic Technologies Inc. (Estech), a medical device manufacturer, has agreed to pay the United States $1.4 million to resolve civil claims in connection with the alleged promotion of its surgical ablation devices, the Justice Department announced today. Surgical ablation devices use focused energy to create controlled lesions or scar tissue on a patient's heart or other organs.

The settlement resolves allegations that the San Ramon, Calif.-based company marketed its medical devices to treat atrial fibrillation (the most common cardiac arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythm), a use that is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The government also alleged that Estech promoted expensive heart surgeries using the company's devices when less invasive alternatives were appropriate, advised hospitals to up-code surgical procedures using the company's devices to inflate Medicare reimbursements, and paid kickbacks to healthcare providers to use its devices. The United States asserted that by engaging in this conduct, Estech knowingly violated the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and caused the submission of false and fraudulent claims in violation of the False Claims Act.

"The Department of Justice is committed to protecting Medicare from the unlawful marketing practices of Estech and other medical device manufacturers," said Tony West, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Civil Division. "We will continue to work with our partners at the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General's Office and the FDA Office of Chief Counsel to preserve the integrity of our public health programs."

The allegations were made against Estech in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private citizens, called "relators," to bring lawsuits on behalf of the United States and receive a portion of the proceeds of any settlement or judgment. The relator will receive a total of $210,000 as the statutory share of the settlement.

The Southern District of Texas has also unsealed four additional qui tam lawsuits filed by relators against other surgical ablation device manufacturers. The United States continues to investigate those cases.

The settlement with Estech was the result of a coordinated effort by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, the Civil Division of the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, and the FDA Office of Chief Counsel.


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Study shows endoscopic surgery as effective open surgery for nasal cancer
2. Simbionix Signs Agreement With the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery
3. Magnetic-anchor-guided endoscopic submucosal dissection shows promise for gastric cancer
4. MAQUET Cardiovascular Responds to Terumo Complaint About VASOVIEW Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting Systems
5. Endoscopic ultrasound highly accurate in evaluating ambiguous radiographic findings of the pancreas
6. Endoscopic circumferential ablation promising for Barretts esophagus with high-grade dysplasia
7. Portable Endoscopic Company Announces Hiring of David Guy as COO/President
8. How to use endoscopic stent for biliary stricture trauma?
9. joimax(R) Revolutionizes Spine Surgery With the Launch of Newest and Fully-Endoscopic Product Innovations to Treat Spinal Canal Stenosis
10. ASGE offers guidelines on endoscopic treatment of dyspepsia
11. Endoscopic resection is a safe and effective treatment for gastrointestinal smooth muscle tumors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, as ... of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and to ... one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As lice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... First Choice Emergency Room , the ... Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell Farm facility. , “We ... new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin ... injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his ... of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom ... of success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result ... more than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced ... feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a ... has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Bracket , ... launch its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) ... held on June 26 – 30, 2016 in ... first electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to ... #715. Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Revolutionary technology includes ... Oticon , industry leaders in advanced audiology and hearing ... Oticon Opn ™, the world,s first internet connected hearing ... IoT devices.      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160622/382240 ... number of ,world firsts,: , TwinLink™ - ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  Experian Health, the healthcare ... the patient payment and care experience, today ... products and services that will enhance the ... offerings. These award-winning solutions will enable healthcare ... compliant in an ever-changing environment and redefine ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: