Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a $1 million settlement with a workers’ compensation billing company that overcharged the state and a number of towns and cities for prescription drugs.
StoneRiver Pharmacy Solutions Inc. is a billing form that charges cities and towns for prescription drugs on behalf of pharmacy retail stores. StoneRiver will pay close to $500,000 to governmental subdivisions to repay them for overcharges and violations of the False Claims Act.
Attorney General Coakley said, “Overcharging for prescription drugs harms cities and towns at a time when they are facing great financial pressure to provide much needed services to people. This case will provide restitution to those communities, and we are determined to prevent overcharges like these from happening in the future.”
StoneRiver will also make a separate payment exceeding $500,000 to the state, implement procedures to protect against future overcharges, and execute a pricing protocol that complies with state regulations and laws.
Weymouth was most affected by the overcharges, and will receive $91,600; Rehoboth was also greatly affected and will receive $46,000. Haverhill, Lowell, Fairhaven, and Lunenburg will also receive substantial refunds.
Pulgini & Norton, LLP attorneys have handled workers’ compensation claims for over 25 years in and around Boston and its surrounding areas. If you or a family member has been injured at work and would like to seek legal assistance, please contact us at (781) 843-2200 or (888) 344-2046 or email us.
Mass. AG Coakley settles with StoneRiver for $1M, Legal Newsline, October 9, 2012