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Vainer et al. v. DaVita Inc. et al.

  • May 06, 2015

    DaVita HealthCare Partners, based in Denver, Colorado, has announced that it will pay $495 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit. The company is accused of defrauding the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs of millions of dollars. The Denver Post reports that this is DaVita’s third whistleblower lawsuit since 2012, and the company’s payments now approach $1 billion.

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  • May 05, 2015

    The nation’s largest kidney dialysis company has set aside $495 million, including $45 million for legal fees and costs, to settle an Atlanta whistleblower case, according to a report the company made Monday to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  

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  • January 29, 2015

    Law360, New York (January 29, 2015, 4:24 PM ET) — A Georgia federal judge has ordered the review of communications between defense lawyers and witnesses in a False Claims Act suit against DaVita Inc. for allegedly seeking reimbursement on intentionally overused dialysis drugs, after finding the witnesses may have been coached to change their testimony….

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  • January 28, 2015

    A federal judge in Atlanta said that “troubling revelations” about testimony by current and former employees of a national chain of dialysis clinics being sued by whistleblowers prompted him on Tuesday to personally question the employees about whether the chain’s lawyers may have prompted them to lie under oath.

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  • September 18, 2014

    The judge in a whistleblower case that accuses a national kidney dialysis company of defrauding taxpayers said he intends to unseal court records that defense lawyers have fought to keep secret in the seven-year-old case.

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  • May 07, 2013

    The relators in a False Claims Act suit accusing DaVita Inc. of creating waste to overbill Medicare told a Georgia federal court Monday that the dialysis service provider was abusing attorney-client privilege by labeling an excessive amount of communications as confidential. Alon J. Vainer and and Daniel D. Barbir asked the court to compel a…

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  • December 07, 2012

    A case brought by two Georgia whistle-blowers asserts that one of the country’s top dialysis providers bilked Medicare of hundreds of millions of dollars by billing for medicine the company’s clinics often threw away. The lawsuit contends DaVita Inc. fraudulently boosted profits by intentionally using over-sized vials of the vitamin D supplement Zemplar and the…

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  • November 30, 2012

    It started with a chance conversation between a doctor and a nurse several years ago. But that brief encounter may end up exposing what could be one of the largest Medicare frauds in U.S. history. Dr. Alon Vainer, a medical director at dialysis clinics in Georgia, was discussing clinic procedures with one of the nurses,…

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