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INDIAN WELLS, CALIF.—In 2013, Womble Carlyle Healthcare Litigation attorney Sandy Miller and the United States Department of Justice won the largest fraud verdict against a community hospital in U.S. history in Drakeford v. Tuomey Healthcare. A jury awarded $237 million in the False Claims Act case, and a federal appeals court upheld that verdict in 2015. The case was ultimately resolved for $72.8 million in late 2015, ending 11 years of litigation.
Now, Miller counsels hospitals in defending qui tam (whistleblower) litigation and in preventing and resolving False Claims Act liability, using the knowledge, experience and working professional relationships with the Civil Fraud Division of DOJ that she gained in Tuomey to guide healthcare providers.
Miller has been invited to discuss the case at the American Bar Association’s 26th Annual National Institute on Health Care Fraud, which takes place May 11-13 in Indian Wells. The landmark Tuomey case has been chosen to be the trial practice presentation and she will be joined on the panel discussion by G. Norman Acker, Civil Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and Joseph Griffith of the Joe Griffith Law Firm LLC. Joe Whitley of Baker Donelson will moderate the discussion.
In Tuomey, the jury found that Tuomey Heathcare System in Sumter, S.C. violated the federal Stark Law and False Claims Act by submitting unauthorized Medicare reimbursement claims. In all, 21,370 improper Medicare claims were filed representing more than $39 million. Dr. Drakeford brought these problems to the attention of the federal government after unsuccessfully trying to resolve the issue with Tuomey administrators.
Miller has also done presentations on Tuomey to the in-house counsel of HCA in Nashville, the Georgia Bar Association Fraud Conference and is slated to speak on May 6 at the Academy of Hospital Attorneys of the Georgia Hospital Association.