Piedmont Pathology Associates, Inc. and Piedmont Pathology, P.C., a North Carolina-based diagnostic anatomic pathology group agreed to pay $500,000 to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute by engaging in improper financial relationships with referring physicians. The allegations first arose in a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act by a former contract salesperson for the practice who witnessed a program where the practice would provide Electronic Medical Record software licenses to various physicians’ practices in exchange for referrals. The whistleblower will receive a whistleblower award of $75,000 out of the proceeds of the government’s recovery. DOJ(NC)
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