TAFEF is a United States based organization which supports the Government’s recovery of taxpayer dollars from fraudulent health care providers. Here, TAFEF filed their “friend of the court” Amicus Brief in Court in support of the Government’s lawsuit against Stanford for nearly $500 million of alleged Medicare billing fraud.
The federal watchdog group and public interest non-profit organization filed its independent support of the false claims action (“FCA”) against Stanford Health Care. The Complaint brought on behalf of the U.S. Government alleges Stanford engaged in a decade long fraud on the Government in excess of $468 Million, medical claims which Stanford filed primarily against the aged and disabled.
The Complaint factually alleges a number of key schemes in which Stanford Health Care and its surgeons including breast cancer surgeon Dr. Fred Dirbas freely took advantage of a flawed medical payment system by habitually upcoding and unbundling major surgical codes, They also charged exorbitant fees for otherwise free services under Medicare. The alleged schemes included that Stanford “cattle-prodded” their doctors and billers to bill high and maximal in every case, regardless of lack of medical documentation or medical necessity. The suit also asserts that Stanford University surreptitiously collected unlawful money from Stanford Hospital through an undisclosed slush fund entitled the “Dean’s Tax”. Stanford used the unlawful Medicare funds to monetize Stanford’s new $2 billion dollar “arcade” which opened in late 2019.