(Memphis) A dialysis chain that serves the Mid-South is accused of wasting almost a billion dollars in tax payer money.
A Georgia doctor and nurse are suing DaVita Dialysis center because they say the company was throwing away very expensive medicine on purpose to fraud the government, and take almost a billion dollars from tax payers.
The suit claims the alleged scheme worked because DaVita was able to over bill Medicare and Medicaid for the medication.
Almost two-thirds of their funding comes from those taxes funded programs.
The multibillion dollar company is based in Denver, Colorado and there are more than 2,000 locations around the country including ten centers in Memphis.
DaVita says those claims are bogus and it never scammed anyone.
In a statement the company said: ‘DaVita sought to minimize wastage, but not at the expense of clinical considerations, most notably, patient and caregiver safety. Moreover, Medicare explicitly permitted providers to bill for wastage from single-dose vials.’
Charles Daniels has been getting dialysis for twenty years.
He goes for treatments three times a week and says DaVita has proven to be very trustworthy to him, “I’ve been here 20 years. I’m probably one of the oldest dialysis patients here, so I’ve never had a problem with them.”
DaVita disputes all accusations and says they will fight the claims in court, but so far no federal prosecutors have gotten involved.
Watchdog groups say if found guilty DaVita could be punished with a fine.