Ashcraft & Gerel’s Nathan M. Peak Represents Whistleblower in Case that Settles for $35 Million.
A&G’s Nathan Peak represented a whistleblower in two federal False Claims Act cases that settled for an amount that could total $35 million, to be paid over time by the Defendants, Columbus Regional Healthcare System (CRHS). The settlement resolves two separate cases that allege CRHS violated the Stark Law regarding its physician compensation practices, as well as allegations involving the “upcoding” of certain services by physicians. While the settlement resolves two cases, Mr. Peak was one of two private lawyers who aggressively litigated the first of the two cases filed, which the Department of Justice elected not to intervene. The United States Department of Justice intervened in the second filed case and the settlement resolves all allegations in both matters. An individual physician was also a party to the settlement. “This is a fantastic result for taxpayers and could not have been possible without the courage of Mr. Barker to step forward and do what he thought was morally right” remarked Mr. Peak. Please contact Nathan M. Peak, Esq. if you have questions regarding the Stark Law, the Antikickback Statute or healthcare fraud.”