Pennsylvania Doctor Settles $60,000 Civil Liability for Alleged False Claims Act Violations

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HARRISBURG, PA — Dr. Peter J. Baddick, III, has agreed to pay the United States $60,000.00 to settle civil liability over alleged violations of the False Claims Act, according to an announcement on Thursday by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The allegations revolve around the period between April 2015 and December 2015, during which Dr. Baddick is said to have prescribed the opioid medication Subsys to patients without a cancer diagnosis, flouting standard medical practices. Furthermore, it was claimed that Dr. Baddick billed Medicaid and Tricare for visits associated with this prescription, leading to a civil action filed in April 2022.

United States Attorney, Gerard M. Karam, emphasized their office’s dedication to fighting fraud and abuse impacting taxpayer-funded programs. He stated, “We use every tool at our disposal to do so, and this resolution reflects that commitment.”

Notably, the Settlement Agreement does not amount to an admission of liability by Dr. Baddick, nor does it represent a concession by the United States that its claims are not well founded.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and the Office of the Inspector General for the Defense Health Agency. Assistant United States Attorneys, B. Craig Black and Tamara Haken, and the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Unit within the U.S. Attorney’s Office handled the investigation.

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