Corporate Compliance

U.S. intervenes in Georgia false claims suit

Compliance Monitor, April 7, 2010

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is interceding in a lawsuit against a Georgia medical center and physician, according to a DOJ press release.

Satilla Regional Medical Center (Satilla) and Najam Azmat, MD, allegedly submitted false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care that resulted in injuries and one death.

Satilla hired Azmat after his previous employer warned Satilla of his high complication rate on medical procedures. While performing an endovascular procedure, Azmat allegedly struck a patient’s renal artery, causing her to bleed to death. Azmat and Satilla continued to bill Medicare and Medicaid for his services.

Several nurses filed complaints against Azmat to Satilla’s Heart Center, but the facility’s management did not take immediate action, according to the DOJ.

Whistleblower Lana Rogers filed the False Claims Act suit under the qui tam provisions.

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