Friday, November 18, 2005
California Doctors to Pay $32.5 Million to Settle False Claims Act Suit
Four California doctors will pay $32.5 million to settle allegations that they performed unnecessary heart surgeries at the Redding (CA) Medical Center, according to a report in corporatecrimereporter.com.
The settlement requires the doctors – Fidel Realyvasquez, Kent Brusett, Chae Moon and Ricardo Javier Moreno-Cabral – to provide their insurance carrier with a consent to settle for their insurance policy limits, which total $24 million. Realyvasquez, a heart surgeon, and Dr. Chae Moon, a cardiologist, will each pay $1.4 million in the settlement. Brusett, a heart surgeon, will pay $250,000 over 10 years. Moon and Realyvasquez each agreed to never perform any cardiology procedures or surgeries paid for by the federal government.
Father John Corapi, a Catholic priest, had coronary artery bypass surgery recommended to him at Redding Medical Center, but he didn’t believe he needed the surgery. After conferring with other physicians and meeting with RMC hospital officials, he and his friend, Joseph Zerga, filed a False Claims Act lawsuit under seal on November 5, 2002. Three days later, Dr. Patrick Campbell, a local doctor in Redding, filed his complaint under seal, alleging suspicions about the unnecessary surgeries.
Click on the link for corporatecrimereporter.com’s coverage of the false claims act settlement.
Posted by Quitam Help Admin on 11/18 at 02:26 PM
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