February 21, 2003 Five Hospitals
Five hospitals in Texas, Washington, Oregon and Florida have agreed to pay $4.9 Million Dollars to claims initiated in a qui tam action filed by Kevin Cosens, a former medical device salesman. The allegations asserted in that action were that the hospitals unlawfully charged Medicare for procedures using experimental devices which had not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, in violation of the False Claims Act.
As part of the settlement, Mr. Cosens will receive nearly $1 Million Dollars for having filed the qui tam case.
See U.S. Dept of Justice Press Release 2/21/03