SOURCE: Sadowski Fischer PLLC

May 15, 2015 12:51 ET

Whistleblower Case Brought by Sadowski Fischer Client Against Westchester Medical Center Settles for $18.8 Million

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 15, 2015) - The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York settled a False Claims Act qui tam action, brought by Sadowski Fischer PLLC on behalf of its client Dan Bisk against Westchester Medical Center ("WMC"), for $18,800,000.

WMC is a 652-bed regional trauma center. According to the Complaint, WMC fraudulently obtained millions of dollars of revenue from Medicare and Medicaid generated by patient referrals it secured by making unlawful kickbacks to physicians in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute. WMC was also alleged to have maintained unlawful financial relationships with the referring physicians in violation of the Stark Laws. For example, the Complaint asserts that WMC provided physicians with free personnel, including residents and fellows, to work for them in their practices, in order to induce referrals by those doctors to the hospital.

Dan Bisk, the whistleblower who has since passed away, was the former compliance officer of WMC. According to the complaint, he discovered WMC's fraudulent schemes and first blew the whistle internally, before commencing a False Claims Act action. His estate has settled the retaliation case. Mr. Bisk's wife, Chris Carrs, said, "Dan took his responsibilities to the hospital and to the legal system seriously. It was with reluctance but integrity that he moved the process forward. Dan was courageous and believed in doing the right thing."

Robert Sadowski, Andrea Fischer and Raphael Katz represented the Relator. Mr. Sadowski stated: "Kickbacks and self-referral arrangements can lead to overutilization, increased costs and, most importantly, patient harm. The Government has demonstrated that it will not tolerate these types of relationships. We at Sadowski Fischer are proud to have assisted Dan, his family and the Government in reaching this important victory."

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