Biotronik reaches $12.95M settlement with DOJ over improper payment allegations

Biotronik today agreed to pay a $12.95 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Dept. (DOJ) to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act.

DOJ alleged that the cardiac device maker violated the False Claims Act by causing the submission of false claims to Medicare and Medicaid by paying kickbacks to physicians to induce their use of Biotronik’s implantable cardiac devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators.

Allegations included overuse of paid consultants on behalf of itself and highly regarded physician partners, according to a Biotroink news release. The company said that the parties — the company, DOJ,  the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — have agreed that the settlement is not an admission of liability.

“The company is pleased to put this investigation behind us so we can continue in our mission to deliver innovative solutio…

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