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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Beyond Reps, Inc. d/b/a IronRod Health and Cardiac Monitoring Services (“IronRod”) has agreed to pay $673,200.92 to resolve allegations arising under the False Claims Act that they submitted false claims to federal health care programs relating to remote cardiac monitoring services.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Coriell, who handled the case, stated that IronRod is a healthcare solutions company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. IronRod provides remote cardiac monitoring services, among other services. The Government alleges that between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2021, IronRod utilized technicians who lacked required credentials to conduct remote cardiac monitoring readings. The government also alleges that between June 1, 2018 and August 20, 2018, IronRod misrepresented that it performed services in New York State in order to obtain higher reimbursements from Medicare for remote cardiac monitoring services.
“Providers that seek payment from federal health programs are required to follow laws meant to protect beneficiaries, as well as to protect the integrity of those programs,” said U.S. Attorney Ross. “Our office is committed to pursuing cases against any provider that cuts corners or seeks to obtain payments for which they are not entitled.”
The civil settlement includes the resolution of claims brought under the qui tam or whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act by Coleen DeGroat. Under those provisions, a private party can file an action on behalf of the United States and receive a portion of any recovery. The qui tam case is captioned United States ex rel. DeGroat v. Beyond Reps, Inc. et al., 20-cv-1262 (W.D.N.Y.). Ms. DeGroat will receive a share of the settlement.
The resolution of this matter was the result of a coordinated effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.