Orthopedic group allegedly billed for knee injectable but used cheaper product, says whistleblower: 4 things to know

Orthopedic

The federal government intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Mississippi-based orthopedic practice that allegedly submitted false claims for knee devices, according to a Hotty Toddy news report.

Four things to know:

1. Mitias Orthopaedics in New Albany, Miss., allegedly billed for a name-brand injectable knee device but actually used a cheaper product from a compound pharmacy.

2. A former pharmaceutical sales rep filed a qui tam lawsuit against the practice, alleging it violated the False Claims Act by receiving reimbursement for the name-brand injectable while using the cheaper product to increase profits.

3. The U.S. government has decided to intervene in the case, and the whistleblower stands to receive a portion of any funds recovered.

4. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.

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