Georgia orthopedic clinic settles kickback suit


Athens (Ga.) Orthopedic Clinic settled kickback allegations shortly after its trial began, according to court documents from the Middle District of Georgia.

The settlement was reached after three days of trial, according to Nov. 4 court documents. The case was dismissed the same day.

Georgia's Middle District Court in July ordered the clinic to face trial on some accusations that the practice violated the False Claims Act through kickback-related Medicare and Medicaid claims. Rebecca Hockaday, former COO, accused the practice and other defendants of submitting false claims for reimbursement to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, according to court documents.

Ms. Hockaday initially made claims based on 54 categories of FCA violations, but that was lowered to 31.

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