Parker, Arizona doctor settles False Claims Act allegations
Parker, Arizona physician Kevin S. Klopfenstein, M.D., has consented to pay the federal government a considerable sum to settle an inquiry concerning False Claims Act violations in the submission of bills to Medicare. The government had alleged that Dr. Klopfenstein and his medical practice, KSK, made false claims to Medicare for Thoracic Electrical Bioimpedance (TEB) (also called Biothoracic Impedance (BTI)) testing. According to the government, the doctor falsely claimed that the patients who had received the tests satisfied governing Medicare coverage requirements when this was not the case.
Sometimes, the government will initiate its own False Claims Act investigation. Other times, the government first becomes aware of fraudulent schemes against it after it is alerted by a private individual. The Qui Tam provision of the False Claims Act encourages private individuals who have personal knowledge of fraud against the government to file suit on the government’s behalf. Called Relators, these whistleblowers are entitled to share in the government’s recovery at the end of the lawsuit.
For the full story, go to the Department of Justice’s press release.