Accolades (07.16.12)

PEOPLE               Linda Allison, a clinical education specialist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, was honored among the region’s Great 100 Nurses for 2012.   David Campbell, manager of education for Methodist Richardson, is a South Region finalist in the 2012 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence Awards, in the category of “Education and Mentorship.” He will be honored at an Aug. 17 event at the Houston Omni Galleria.   Karen Langston, perinatal outreach coordinator at Texas Health Harris Methodist, has earned the Fetal Heart Monitoring Program Award from The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal… Full Story

Lewisville-based Orthofix to Pay $34 Million in False Claims Act Fines

Orthofix, a Lewisville medical-device company, will pay more than $34 million to settle allegations stemming from a whistleblower lawsuit. The suit, filed by Jeffrey Bierman, alleged that the company improperly waived patient co-payments, resulting in a misstatement of the device costs and resulting in excess reimbursement by the federal government. The suit also claimed the company “paid kickbacks to physicians and their staffs in the form of ‘fitter fee,’ ” as well as other fees, according to a Justice Department news release. Under to the agreement, Orthofix did not accept liability and denied the Justice Department allegations. The company will… Full Story