457 hospitals pay to DOJ 250Mil. Whistleblowers receive 38Million

The Department of Justice has reached 70 settlements involving 457 hospitals in 43 states for more than $250 million related to cardiac devices that were implanted in Medicare patients in violation of Medicare coverage requirements, the Department of Justice announced today.
The whistleblowers have received more than $38 million from the settlements.  
The NCD expressly prohibits implantation of ICDs during the waiting periods, with certain exceptions.  The Department of Justice alleged that from 2003 to 2010, each of the settling hospitals implanted ICDs during the periods prohibited by the NCD.  

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