Medical device and MedTech insights, news, tips and more

Cardiovascular Systems to Pay $8 Million to Settle Physician Kickbacks

July 6, 2016

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc

Cardiovascular Systems agreed to pay $8 million to settle allegations that the company paid kickbacks to physicians to convince them to use its medical devices.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina announced the settlement with the Department of Justice on June 29.

“The claims resolved by this settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Cardiovascular Systems also entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General that requires the company “to engage in significant compliance efforts over the next five years, including engaging an independent review organization,” according to the release.

Travis Thams, a former Cardiovascular Systems employee, filed a civil complaint against the company in July 2013. The settlement resolves allegations stemming from that lawsuit.

The government alleged that Cardiovascular Systems developed and distributed marketing materials to promote physicians using its devices to perform atherectomies and coordinated meetings between utilizing physicians and referring physicians.

“Doctors are expected to provide medical advice and treatment options that benefit patients, not their own practice,” Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, said in a news release. “A Company cannot reward physicians for using its medical devices over those of competitors. The type of kickback scheme alleged in this case compromises good medical care and can lead to inefficient use of limited healthcare resources. My office is committed to preventing medical device manufacturers from improperly influencing physicians’ medical judgment. We will thoroughly investigate any such allegations.”

Read More – Source: Cardiovascular Systems agrees to pay $8 million to resolve kickback allegations | Cardiovascular Business

More insights

March 7, 2024
FDA Clears Dexcom’s First Over-the-Counter Continuous Glucose Monitor
Learn More
March 1, 2024
FDA greenlights Boston Scientific’s Novel Drug-Coated Balloon for Coronary In-Stent Restenosis
Learn More
February 21, 2024
Sparrow BioAcoustics Launches Software That Turns a Smartphone into a Stethoscope 
Learn More

Begin your legacy now. We are your medtech and medical device talent advisory firm.