Cigna, Clinics Escape FCA Suit Over Patient Perks

By Daniel Wilson (April 8, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT) -- A Cigna Inc. unit and a Florida clinic chain on Friday escaped a whistleblower False Claims Act suit accusing them of violating anti-kickback law by providing unlawful inducements to lure Medicare patients when a Tennessee federal judge ruled the relator's claims weren't based on firsthand evidence.

U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp. dismissed the case against Healthspring Inc. and Leon Medical Centers Inc. after finding relator Marc Osheroff's allegations that the companies had provided free meals, luxury transportation and other inducements to Medicare patients to choose the Leon clinics were based on publicly disclosed knowledge, not his own original knowledge....

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