US Settles False Claims Act Allegations Against ev3 for $1.25 Million
The Justice Department announced that it has reached a $1.25 million settlement with ev3, a medical device manufacturer base in in Minnesota. Ev3 formerly was known as Fox Hollow Technologies. A lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act alleges that between 2006-2007, Fox Hollow induced 12 hospitals in 9 states to admit patients who were undergoing elective atherectomy procedures. This minimally invasive procedure removes atherosclerosis and opens up coronary arteries, thereby increasing blood flow. It is usually performed on an outpatient basis. At that time, Fox Hollow sold the Silver Hawk Plaque Excision System, a device that was used in these procedures. In order to increase hospital purchases of this device, Fox Hollow convinced the 12 hospitals to admit the atherectomy patients. The hospitals subsequently submitted claims for unnecessary admissions and received higher reimbursements from Medicare for procedures that should have been performed in an outpatient facility. For more information, please click here.