Riverside Spine & Pain Physicians settles $1.2M False Claims Act lawsuit: 5 things to know

Megan Wood -   Print  |

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Riverside Spine & Pain Physicians settled a federal lawsuit, Daily Record reports.

Here are five things to know:

1. The pain management practice will pay $1.2 million for the federal charges of violating the False Claims Act.

2. The case involved charges that the practice purposefully billed the government for medically unnecessary urine drug tests.

3. Carissa Stone, MD, a former physician at the practice, initially brought the case as a whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act. Dr. Stone will receive $240,000 as a result of the settlement.

4. The settlement didn't include liability, but settled allegations brought against the practice.

5. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida, HHS, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs conducted the investigation.

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