Medical device maker settles lawsuit

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A medical device manufacturer with offices in California and Washington has agreed to pay the federal government up to $5.25 million to resolve allegations that it instructed doctors to over-charge federal health care programs for a procedure using their device.

The U.S. Justice Department announced the settlement with EndoGastric Solutions Inc. on Wednesday. It resolves a whistleblower lawsuit filed in Montana by former employee Glenn Schmasow, who will receive up to $945,000.

EndoGastric created the EsophyX as a less invasive way to treat gastric reflux. The government alleged the company told health care providers to bill for the procedure using codes that applied to a more invasive and more expensive procedure.

EndoGastric Solutions says it does not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement.

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