Whistleblower In Orthofix Case To Receive $9.2 Million As Part Of Settlement

The US Justice Department announced an agreement has been reached with Orthofix, Inc. to resolve civil and criminal charges brought as a result of a whistleblower action initiated by Jeffrey Bierman, a Midwest healthcare consultant.

Orthofix manufactures and distributes bone growth stimulators under various trade names.  Orthofix was charged with having sales representatives fill out Medicare required Certificates of Medical Necessity without the requisite  input from the treating physicians, forging some physician’s signatures and encouraging the physician’s staff to improperly estimate the length of treatment for patients.  As part of the $42 million dollar settlement, Mr. Bierman will receive $9.2 million for his role in bringing the fraudulent practices of Orthofix to the attention of the Federal Government.

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