DaVita Whistleblowers May be Awarded More than $110 Million

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DaVita Whistleblowers May be Awarded More than $110 Million
DaVita Whistleblowers May be Awarded More than $110 Million

DaVita Whistleblowers May be Awarded More than $110 Million
DaVita Whistleblowers May be Awarded More than $110 Million

An Atlanta doctor and nurse who exposed alleged fraud at DaVita Healthcare Partners, the largest dialysis provider in the country, may receive over $110 million for their whistleblowers. The company is accused of scheming to maximize federal reimbursements by wasting dialysis drugs. Prior to 2011, the federal government reimbursed for wasted dialysis medicine so long as the provider discarded the excess drugs in good faith. According to the whistleblower allegations DaVita capitalized on this by instructing staff to use excessively large vials of Zemplar, a vitamin D supplement, and Vanofer, an iron drug. The intentional waste cost taxpayers hundreds of millions, the suit alleges.

DaVita recently agreed to settle the case for $450 million, according to a Department of Justice announcement issued last week. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, said “This settlement is an example of what can be accomplished as a result of the successful cooperation between the government and whistleblowers in protecting our vital federal health care programs,” according to the release.

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia stated that “Through personal sacrifice and courage, two whistleblowers exposed knowingly wasteful dosing practices designed simply to increase profits and improperly drain the government’s resources,”